(Credit: Senad Paraguay)

(CNN Español) -- Paraguay's National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD) is carrying out some 20 raids on Tuesday in the Central and Alto Paraná departments, within the framework of "Operation Dakovo," which it described as the largest international joint operation against arms trafficking in the region, according to a statement and videos on its X account (formerly Twitter).

In Paraguay "importing companies, homes and hunting and fishing premises are seized, as well as the headquarters of Dimabel," the military directorate in charge of supervising the import and control of weapons in the country, according to the press release, which adds that "it is an organization that would have imported and marketed more than 25,000 firearms to criminal factions in Brazil."

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Brazil's Federal Police are carrying out more than 200 raids in six states of the country, and in the U.S. an intervention is being carried out in the state of Kansas, according to the statement.

(Credit: Senad Paraguay)

CNN is trying to get comment from U.S. authorities on the matter.

Regarding the operation, Brazil's Federal Public Prosecutor's Office (MPF) reported on Tuesday that ongoing investigations led to the discovery of a complex and multimillion-dollar system of illicit trafficking of firearms from Europe to South America.


"A company based in Asunción, Paraguay, was responsible for importing thousands of pistols, rifles and ammunition from several European manufacturers based in Croatia, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Slovenia," the statement said.

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