Give it a few more week, and the War on Drugs will have Security Minister Patricia Bullrich’s knowledge of illicit substances rival that of Walter White or your regular neighborhood shaman: while announcing this morning that nine people had been arrested over the weekend in the City of Buenos Aires for trafficking a “new” type of drug in the area, Bullrich astounded with her knowledge of the drug’s supposed composition, which includes nothing less than frog venom and hallucinogenic cacti.
According to Bullrich, the drug that was about to be sold at a “two-day party” in the outskirts of the City contained “chemicals from the drug methadone, mushrooms, cacti and also frog venom.”
Bullrich stressed heavily that this was the first time that Argentine authorities seized drugs made from the Kambo frog, a species that lives in the Northwestern part of the Amazon, in Colombia and on the border between Brazil and Peru. Indigenous tribes extract poison from the frog’s skin, which is thought to possess healing and cleansing powers. “It is a drug fairly well known in Peru and in the Amazon, but it is the first time that we have seen these Amazonian rituals in Argentina and within the [drug] trade,” said Bullrich.
Meanwhile, cacti, like the San Pedro variety, are usually used to produce drugs with a high concentration of mescaline, a hallucinogen that has been used by natives in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States for centuries, as part of traditional religious rituals. Users are said to experience hallucinations and enter euphoric, dream-like states (and also frequently experience vomiting, headaches and feelings of anxiety. You’ve been forewarned.)
Since April, there has been a serious effort to crack down on drug use in Argentina following the tragic deaths of five young people at an electronic music festival. The victims had taken what is thought to have been an ecstasy based pill called “Superman” at the Time Warp event. Since the tragedy, the government has vowed to find out who was responsible, which has resulted in the arrest of the organizer and a renewed “fight against narco trafficking.”