Adulterated Cocaine Kills 12 in Argentina

Authorities in Buenos Aires Argentina said 12 died, and more than 50 were hospitalized after consuming cocaine suspected to have a poisonous substance.

“Unfortunately, we have 12 deaths, more than 50 hospitalized,” the district’s security minister, Sergio Berni, told Argentine television.

Authorities said the victims could have suffered from convulsions and sudden heart attacks.

Some local media outlets reported that the cocaine had been “cut” with a toxic substance to cut costs and maximize profits amid a turf war with rival groups.

“We are waiting for the laboratory results and the results of the investigations of the people who have been detained,” Berni said.

Meanwhile, the regional security minister called on any users who had bought cocaine in the past 24 hours to throw it away.

In a 2019 report on drug consumption in the Americas, Argentina ranked third in the highest rate of cocaine consumption per person after the US and Uruguay.

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