400 kilograms of cocaine seized at Russian embassy in Argentina

Thousands of people participate in a march through the Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires Argentina

Thousands of people participate in a march through the Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires Argentina

They then arrested three Argentine customs officers, the Russians who got the suitcases at the airport, and a former Russian diplomat.

According to a report by the New York Times, Patricia Bullrich, Argentina's minister of security, reportedly said during a news conference Thursday, "We have dismantled an worldwide cocaine trafficking organization operating between Argentina, Russia and Germany".

An global drug trafficking ring operating out of the Russian Embassy in Buenos Aires was dismantled and several arrests made, Argentine police announced on Thursday.

"A gang of criminals was trying to use the diplomatic courier service of the Russian embassy" and send the drug to Europe, said Patricia Bulic, the security secretary of Argentina, Darik radio reported.

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

Ali Abyanov, who at the time was a Russian embassy official, is alleged to have been the drug ring's main diplomatic contact.

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He was thought to be based in the German city of Hamburg and is now subject to an worldwide arrest warrant, Argentina's security ministerPatricia Bullrich said at a press conference on Thursday.

One of the two arrested in Argentina is a naturalized Russian who was a policeman in Buenos Aires.

"The above-mentioned consignment was found ready to be shipped at one of the Russian embassy's facilities in Buenos Aires, which is an educational and residential compound", she said. The drugs never traveled to Russian Federation.

Two individuals were arrested when they went to pick up the cargo, while a former embassy official was arrested in his Moscow apartment. He is still at large in Germany and is wanted under an worldwide arrest warrant.

Investigators believe cocaine is imported from Colombia or Peru.

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