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Paraguay's drug trafficking threat
Authorities say violence is on the rise as drug smugglers' economic power grows.
Last Modified: 16 May 2010 08:50 GMT

Authorities in Paraguay are concerned that drug gangs may be partnering with a budding leftist rebel group.

The South American country has long been a haven for drug smugglers, and its porous 800km border has allowed traffickers to come and go for years.

Earlier this month Brazil and Paraguay's presidents met to discuss security in the region. Fernando Lugo, the Paraguayan president, has also launched a military crackdown on the EPP, a small group of Marxist guerrillas operating in the border region.

Al Jazeera's Craig Mauro reports from Juan Caballero, near the Paraguay's border with Brazil.

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