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Pesticide smuggling grows in Brazil; Trafficking in counterfeit agro-chemicals thrives as farmers look to increase crops, cut costs

Feb 16, 2020 - Philadelphia Inquirer

ABSTRACT

Trafficking in counterfeit agro-chemicals thrives as farmers look to increase crops, cut costs

Waldir Brasil could see that the truck driver was terrified. His hands were shaking. His knee was jiggling. Whatever the driver had in the back of his trailer, the highway cop concluded, it was not legal.

Along one of Latin America's most lucrative smuggling routes, where Brazil and Paraguay share an expansive and virtually unpatrolled border, Brasil had seen every ill...