Presidential hopeful Miguel Ángel Pichetto on Thursday warned Argentina was heading towards a major crisis if it failed to deal with organised crime in Greater Buenos Aires.
The Peronist Senator controversially pointed the finger of blame at Latin American immigrants and described Argentina's shantytowns as a hotbed for crime.
"I'm not saying there are no Argentines, there are. But the cocaine is handled by Peruvians, the money laundering by the Colombians, and the Paraguayans organise the movement of drugs, bringing tonnes of marijuana (to Argentina)", Pichetto said, speaking alongside Federal Judge Sergio Torres at a panel event organised by the Argentine Council of International Affairs (CARI).
He suggested the country's political system was failing to address the issue of organised crimes, which he described mainly as "drug trafficking in Greater Buenos Aires, organised prostitution and the abuse of minors".
"It is a novelty that politicians are getting involved, like some prominent mayors in Corrientes and Santa Fe (provinces). Even so, I believe the issue has not gained ground in the (national) Congress", he added.
"The arrival of Bolsonaro, who is committed to a hard repressive security policy, could have serious consequences for Argentina and its northern borders because they (Brazilian security authorities) will pursue organised crime in the south of Brazil, which will push them into that diffuse border in the Paraguayan jungle", he added.