The Paraguayan Customs Authority, after receiving inside
information, ordered the seizure of a shipment arriving at
Asunción's International Airport "Silvio
Pettirossi"'s main terminal.
This inspection took place on September 27, 2016, when special
agents of the Customs Investigation Administrative Coordination
(CAIA) proceeded to control the paperwork of shipments, as well as
the cargo. From this inspection, the officers found a box
containing a white colored dust, of about 26 kilograms. Allegedly,
this products was "xanthum gum," as was detailed in the
This element is used in chemistry, and difying the texture of
food products, emulsifying cosmetics and pharmaceutical products.
It is also used in the oil industry, as well as in heavy machinery
However, and after a series of tests, it was proven that the
product was not, in fact, xanthum gum, but rather lidocaine, a
legal substance, but with illegal uses, such as cutting and bulking
The cargo containing the lidocaine was shipped from the
People's Republic of China, and made port in the United States
of America and the Argentine Republic before being seized in
Paraguay, where its final destination was Ciudad del Este.
This shipment was found to be in violation of the local
regulation in connection to this particular chemical product
(Resolution No. 563 of year 2009). In fact not only were the
minimum requirements for the commercialization of lidocaine
overlooked, but the shipment was also concealing another
The Public Ministry continues the investigation.
The Paraguayan Customs Authority continues efforts to detect and
stop the trafficking of substances for human, animal and vegetal
use, and deterring illegal use.
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