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Published On: Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018

Six, including former Russian Embassy official arrested in cocaine scandal

nsnbc : Six people including a former Russian embassy official and an Argentinian police officer have been arrested following a years-long investigation into cocaine smuggling via the Russian Embassy in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires to the Russian Federation.

Argentine, Buenos Aires, Russian Embassy, In this photo taken on Dec. 14, 2016, and released on Feb. 22, 2018 by the Argentine Security Ministry_2_,The arrests were the result of a joint Argentina – Russia investigation which began in December 2016 when nearly 400 kg cocaine were discovered on the embassy’s grounds.

The discovery and investigation resulted in a joint sting operation, sat I’m motion “after” the cocaine cache was discovered. Argentine’s federal Minister of Security, Patricia Bullrich, told journalists on Thursday “We have dismantled an international cocaine trafficking organization operating between Argentina, Russia and Germany.”

In late 2016 Russia’s Ambassador to Argentina, Victor Koronelli, alerted local authorities after finding 16 bags of drugs hidden in a “school” on the embassy’s grounds. Argentinian police seized the 389 kilograms of cocaine worth over $60 million and reportedly replaced it with bags of flour fitted with a tracking device.

The bags were then traced as they were shipped to Russia as diplomatic luggage in December 2017. Two men who collected the bags in Russia have been arrested. Bullrich named a “Mr. K,” who “remains at large in Germany” as responsible for supplying the cocaine to the Russian Embassy.  A former embassy official identified as Ali Abyanov, who reportedly helped plan the shipment, was detained at his apartment in Moscow on Thursday, media report.

F/AK – nsnbc 23.02.2018

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