Russian Security Council denies Patrushev’s involvement in stopping drug trafficking from Argentina
Earlier, The Telegraph circulated this information. According to the publication, Patrushev brought 400 kg of flour, with which cocaine discovered in the Russian embassy in Argentina had been replaced, on his plane to Moscow.
The Russian Security Council denied the information of The Telegraph about the involvement of Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev in the special services operation to eliminate the channel of major cocaine supplies from Argentina to Russia, Interfax reports.
Earlier, The Telegraph reported that during Nikolay Patrushev’s visit to Argentina for signing the memorandum of understanding with President Mauricio Macri, the Security Council head took part in the operation to deliver suitcases with 400 kg of flour, with which a consignment of cocaine found in the Russian embassy in Argentina in 2016 had been replaced, to Moscow at the request of Argentine and Russian special services.
According to Interfax’s source in the Russian Security Council, “this is someone's fantasy, fake news. The aircraft is not used for the transport of diplomatic mail and cargos.”
As The Telegraph reported, December 9, the head of the Security Council returned to Moscow on his plane carrying a fake consignment of cocaine, although Interfax’s source notes that the British news agency specifies a wrong date of Patrushev's visit to Argentina.
To recall, the joint operation of Argentinian and Russian law enforcement officers to identify the range of people involved in smuggling drugs through diplomatic channels resulted in the detention of five suspects. Two of them were detained in Buenos Aires, and three more in Moscow. The alleged leader of the crime group is on the international wanted list.
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