Buenos Aires –
A 389-kilogram cocaine drug was discovered and seized from the Russian Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A number of drug dealer gangs have been arrested over the findings of this cocaine.
Spoken by Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich at a press conference as reported by AFP and Reuters Friday (2/23/2010), that the drug was found in the annex section of the embassy building Russia. Estimated drugs found to have a market value of about US $ 62 million (Rp 834.9 billion).
"Gangs of narcotic criminals attempt to utilize a diplomatic courier service at the Russian Embassy," said Bullrich. The drugs reportedly will be brought on board to Europe.
Bullrich said the Police of Argentina and Russia decided to conduct a joint operation after the Russian ambassador provided information on the findings of 16 drug packages at the embassy in December 2016. This year-long operation aims to capture the perpetrator.
It is known that the drug package will be shipped via diplomatic flights to Russia. Therefore, the team deliberately swapped the contents of the 16 drug packages with flour and attached the tracking device to trap the perpetrator.
"The tracking device is placed in a suitcase that will be shipped via ship to Russia, which is the goal," Bullrich told reporters.
The tracker led to the arrest of five suspects, two in Argentina and three in Russia. One of those arrested in Argentina was a local police officer. One leader of this syndicate, called Bullrich, is still hunted.
In addition to being targeted to Russia, the drug is also suspected to be sent to Germany, where the dwarf resident of this drug syndicate. "We believe the German police will catch the fugitive," Bullrich said.
Drugs found in the Russian Embassy are believed to have originated from Colombia or Peru.
(nvc / imk)