The Argentinian security minister, Patricia Bullrich, said the 389 kilos (860 pounds) of cocaine were hidden inside luggage seized in December 2016. The Russian-Argentines Alexander Chikalo, who is suspected of being in charge of the logistics, and Ivan Blizniouk, a police officer accused of providing contacts to jump through customs controls, were arrested on Wednesday.
The investigation began after Victor Koronelli, the Russian ambassador to , and three members of the Russian federal security service told Bullrich of their suspicions about the diplomatic luggage found at a school annexed to the embassy.
“This has been one of the most complex and extravagant drug-dealing operations that Argentina has faced,”Bullrich said.
The luggage was flown to Russia in 2017. Bullrich said three Argentine customs officials journeyed to Russia to monitor the delivery, and that two men, Ishtimir Khudzhmov and Vladimir Kalmykov, were arrested when they went to collect the cargo.
The logistics were also coordinated by a former embassy official, Ali Abyanov, who was arrested in his Moscow apartment.
Authorities said the drugs had a street value in Russia of about $61m (£44m) which is over N17 billion in Nigerian currency. SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW ⬇⬇⬇
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