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Argentinians urged to throw out cocaine after tainted batches kill at least 23

Officials fear death toll from adulterated cocaine could increase, with 84 people currently in intensive care

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Officials fear death toll from adulterated cocaine could increase, with 84 people currently in intensive care

Highlights

  • At least 23 people have died after ingesting tainted cocaine in Buenos Aires area.
  • Officials fear death toll could rise as more victims are found to have died at home.
  • Police are warning the public not to consume any of the drugs they may have purchased in the last two days.
  • The victims are believed to have been victims of a turf war between rival drug gangs who may have been involved in the drug trade.
  • Police have seized 15,000 packages of cocaine similar to those sold in the same area, similar to the ones found in the bags of cocaine they were bought at the same time as the victims, officials say.
  • The drug is believed to be linked to a local drug dealer who was arrested last week.