Argentine President Mauricio Macri promises to crack down on drugs
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Argentine President Mauricio Macri promises to crack down on drugs

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Mauricio Macri is vowing to crack down on drug trafficking amid a national manhunt for three escaped prisoners convicted in drug-related killings.

Macri’s comments are the first related to the escape of Victor Schialli and brothers Martin and Cristian Lanatta.

The three broke out of the General Alvear prison in Buenos Aires province on Dec. 26. They have been on the run ever since.

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The three were convicted in 2008 of killing three men allegedly connected to an ephedrine trafficking ring.

The escape has led to finger-pointing and an investigation of prison personnel. It has also put a spotlight on drugs in the South American nation and opened old political wounds.

On Monday, Macri accused the previous administration of President Cristina Fernandez of allowing drug trafficking to increase.

Associated Press