Argentina purchases Israeli boats to fight drug trafficking

The Argentine government announced plans to purchase military equipment from Israel to combat the growing drug trafficking threatening its borders.

On January 2, the administration of President Mauricio Macri approved the appropriation of $84 million for the purchase of military equipment to be used on the Paraná River, one of the main marijuana entry points to Argentina.

The patrol boats will arrive in the South American country fully equipped and feature an integrated surveillance system capable of monitoring terrestrial border crossings, PanAm Post reports.

The four boats acquired have a total value of $49 million, while the border surveillance system is estimated to cost $35 million.

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