Paraguayan authorities issued an alert because of an assassination attempt on life of country’s President Horacio Cartes on the part of local drug mafia, Paraguayan Interior Minister Francisco de Vargas said.
He added that country’s security agencies had been checking information about involvement of druglord Jarvis Pavao Ximenes in the assassination attempt.
“We proceed from the assumption that it would be the worst scenario. Therefore we have strengthened security of the president and other authorities,” Vargas said, as quoted by the Paraguayan Interior Ministry on Friday, speaking about the threat of attacks planned by drug mafia.
According to Vargas, drug mafia could also destabilize the situation in country’s prisons, where members of Brazil’s Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC) criminal group are taken into custody.
The PCC is one of the largest Brazilian criminal organizations, which is also active in Paraguay and Bolivia. Drug trafficking is one of the most significant areas of the group’s activities.