DNA of unknown to investigation people found on embassy suitcases from 362 kg of cocaine
Examination conducted in the framework of the investigation of smuggling almost 400 kg of cocaine from Argentina to Moscow gave unexpected results.
DNA traces, discovered on the suitcases in which cocaine was found in the Russian embassy in Argentina, do not belong to any of the accused. This is reported by Rosbalt with reference to a source familiar with the course of the investigation.
According to the source of the agency, the briquettes with cocaine, despite the fact that they were transhipped, were sprinkled with pepper and other substances that repelled the smell were completely sterile –there were no traces of a human at all. Traces of sweat and hair particles, which allow isolating DNA, were found on diplomatic suitcases (valises), in which the drugs were contained.
The examination completed the other day showed that the traces of DNA found on the suitcases do not belong to any of the four alleged drug smugglers Andrei Kovalchuk, the former accountant of the Russian embassy in Argentina Ali Abyanov, businessmen Vladimir Kalmykov and Ishtimir Khudzhamov, who were arrested on this case in Russia and who do not admit their guilt. The investigation does not know who owns the DNA found on suitcases.
Meanwhile, in early September Interfax reported with reference to an informed source that in addition to the arrested persons involved in the high-profile case of smuggling a large consignment of cocaine, two more people were announced on the international wanted list. The source noted that the wanted are acquaintances of former employees of the Russian embassy in Argentina, one of whom is a suspect.
12 suitcases containing 362 kg of cocaine were found at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Argentina by the embassy staff on December 13, 2016. The secret investigation of Argentina and Russian law enforcement officers lasted more than a year, after which, in Russia, during the controlled delivery (instead of cocaine there was flour in the suitcases) former embassy accountant Ali Abyanov and entrepreneurs Vladimir Kalmykov and Ishtimir Khudzhamov were detained, in Argentina law enforcers arrested a policeman Ivan Bliznyuk and his accomplice Alexander Chikalo approximately at the same time. The alleged organizer of the drug trafficking Andrei Kovalchuk was detained in Germany in March 2018, and in July he was extradited to Russia.
According to investigators, Andrei Kovalchuk developed the scheme for smuggling cocaine from Latin America to Europe through Russia in 2016. According to the investigation of the MIA and the FSB, Kovalchuk personally met in Latin American countries with suppliers of cocaine, agreed on the acquisition of large quantities and their delivery to Argentina. Further, according to the investigators, cocaine was transferred to the accountant of the embassy Abyanov, who was responsible for its storage on the territory of the Russian diplomatic mission and further dispatch by special flights to Russia. Moscow recipients of cocaine Vladimir Kalmykov and Ishtimir Khudzhamov, investigators believe, had to receive cocaine in Moscow, and then send it to the EU countries. If drugs could not be sent to Moscow by a special board, they had to pay for private aviation flights.
None of the suspects pleads guilty and the alleged organizer of cocaine smuggling Kovalchuk believes that the cigars and coffee he bought in Argentina, which were kept at the embassy school at his request, were substituted directly at the embassy to stage a provocation.