The report notes that most of these clandestine operations have place in Ciudad del Este, considered a regional hub for drug trafficking and arms smuggling. The participation of the majority of transactions of bartering of weapons by Colombian drug rebel armed groups. The Brazilian $261 million of financial assistance to terrorist groups in the year 2000 makes a report published by the Government of Bolivia in November 2001 seems an understatement. According to the report of Bolivia, more than 250 million dollars of drug money is suspected it was moved from Brazil to a Lebanese Bank via Bolivia, seven years earlier. Ramiro Montealegre Rivas, director of the financial unit of Bolivia, explained that there were indications of a link between the traffickers of arms, drug traffickers and international terrorists. The authorities in Brazil were investigating 10 Lebanese citizens living there are allegedly involved in money laundering. On 2 October 2001, Lebanese born Mazen Ali Saleh and Saleh Mahmoud Fayad or Salhed (Sobhi Mahmoud Fayad, brother), both aged 20, were arrested in Ciudad del Este, in possession of documents which indicate between $25,000 and $50,000 regular remittances to suspicion of radical Muslims. Both were linked to Assad Ahmad Barakat, whom investigators suspect of being the head of the Southern Cone to raise funds for Hezbollah.
In early December 2001, ABC Color reported that Basilisa Vazquez Roman, a Prosecutor in Ciudad del Este, for the two previous months had been the investigation of $ 100 million from transfer of Ciudad del Este to the Lebanon. According to the information provided to the Press Brazilian by Vazquez Roman, 10 Lebanese citizens who have businesses in Ciudad del Este, but live in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, the money sent through banks in Miami and New York to Lebanese banks. According to research, the deposits were made in Ciudad del Este and branches of Citibank Chinatrust.