400 kilos of cocaine found in Russian embassy in Argentina

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400 kilos of cocaine found in Russian embassy in Argentina
Undated handout picture released on February 22, 2018 by Argentina's Security Ministry taken in Moscow during a police sting operation which resulted in the seizure of nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang.
Undated handout picture released on February 22, 2018 by Argentina’s Security Ministry taken in Moscow during a police sting operation which resulted in the seizure of nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang.

(AFP) – Police have seized nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina’s security minister announced Thursday.

Patricia Bullrich told a press conference that the drugs discovered in an annex of the embassy had a street value of around 50 million euros (about US$62 million).

“A gang of narco-criminals was trying to use the diplomatic courier service of the Russian embassy” to ship the drugs to Europe, she said.

She told reporters that Russian and Argentine police had decided to mount a sting operation after the Russian ambassador informed them of the drugs find in December 2016.

“The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery” of the 16 bags of the drug, Bullrich said. She said the sting had resulted in the arrest of five suspects — two in Argentina and three in Russia.

The drug, of “very high purity,” was destined for Russia and probably also Germany, where the suspected mastermind lives. “We believe the German police will arrest this fugitive,” Bullrich said.

The minister said Russian security service agents “came to Argentina on three occasions to assist in the investigation”, which took more than a year.

One of the two people arrested in Argentina is a naturalised Russian who was a member of the police force in Buenos Aires, said Bullrich.

Investigators believe the cocaine likely originated in Colombia or Peru.

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  1. Sorry g.w., but the Americans (CIA) "talk and do" when it comes to the "war on drugs."

    The "war on drugs" is a never-ending campaign to defeat any competitor who would produce drugs for sale and consumption in the US.

    The Viet Nam war was an excuse to corner the heroin production market in the Golden Triangle (Myanmar, Laos, & Thailand).

    The US bases in Colombia were meant for controlling the production of cocaine.

    The invasion of Afghanistan, and its subsequent occupation, was solely to secure the poppy fields for the production of heroin.

    How do you think the CIA is able to fund their nefarious activities around the globe?

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  2. now that is smart thinking unlike the americans that like to talk about everything they do and by the time the word is out they cant catch the culprits or unlike our officers that would just go and arrest some of the people and spoil the whole operation instead of playing it quiet and see where the drugs are being taken to and you get to arrest every single bastard.

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