Argentinian policeman detained for organizing delivery of 400 kg cocaine through Russian Federation Embassy 

Argentinian policeman detained for organizing delivery of 400 kg cocaine through Russian Federation Embassy
Ivan Bliznyuk Photo: Clarin

The son of Russian emigrants Ivan Bliznyuk had studied and worked in Moscow and St. Petersburg, which allowed him to contact the MIA for international cooperation through the knowledge of Russian.

Argentinian police officer Ivan Bliznyuk is suspected of being involved in the organization of major cocaine supplies to Russia. According to Clarin, he was detained at the airport of Buenos Aires on February 21 after arriving from Rome.

Apart from him, four alleged cocaine smugglers have been detained in Russia; there is currently no information about them. The sixth suspect is hiding in Germany, AP notes.

February 22, with reference to the country’s law enforcement agencies, the Argentine press reported the discovery of 12 diplomatic packages with cocaine on the territory of the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires. Russian diplomats found 389 kg of the drug in 360 batches and 12 suitcases in the school premises at the embassy back in December 2016.

However, according to Minister of Security of Argentina Patricia Bullrich, the details of the joint Argentine-Russian operation codenamed 12 queens were kept secret and were made public only now, after the first detentions of participants in the criminal scheme.

The investigation was launched after Russian ambassador to Argentina, Victor Coronelli, informed the Argentine Ministry of Security about the discovery of 12 suspicious suitcases disguised as diplomatic cargo on the territory of the diplomatic mission. Subsequent check revealed a total of 389 kilograms of cocaine in the suitcases.

To identify the circle of those involved and eliminate the drug trafficking channel, a controlled delivery was carried out – the cocaine was replaced with flour, and the parcels were sent to Russia by official diplomatic flight after being supplied with GPS sensors.

Officer of Argentine police Ivan Bliznyuk is the son of Russian emigrants. According to Clarin, Bliznyuk had studied and worked in Moscow and St. Petersburg, which allowed him to contact the MIA for international cooperation through the knowledge of Russian. Searches in his apartment revealed dollars, euro, gold and diamonds, as Cronica reported.

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