Argentina found 400 kilos of cocaine in the Russian embassy

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Almost 400 kg of cocaine have been found in the Russian embassy in Argentina.

The other man detained in Buenos Aires is also an Argentinian citizen of Russian origin, who was responsible for the smuggling operations' logistic and the packing of the drug in the diplomatic luggage.

The sting operation resulted in the arrest of two suspects in Argentina and three in Russian Federation.

Security Minister Patricia Bullrich said Thursday that 860 pounds (389 kilograms) of the drug were hidden inside diplomatic luggage.

That night they replaced the contents with flour and placed tracking devices in the packages.

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"A gang of narco-criminals was trying to use the diplomatic courier service of the Russian embassy" to ship the drugs to Europe, she said.

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

Mr. K remains at large and an worldwide warrant was put out for his arrest. Blizniouk is a Buens Aires police officer accused of facilitating the shipment to get through customs.

Two days later in Moscow, Vladimir Kalmykov and Ishtimir Khudzamov were arrested by Argentine authorities as they attempted to collect the suitcases. The cocaine, she said, was valued at more than $60 million.

Authorities said the drugs have a street value in Russian Federation of about $61 million.

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"We think the German police will arrest him", Bulic said.

He was thought to be based in the German city of Hamburg and is now subject to an global arrest warrant, Argentina's security ministerPatricia Bullrich said at a press conference on Thursday. "The drugs never travelled to Russian Federation".

The minister said Russian security service agents "came to Argentina on three occasions to assist in the investigation" that took more than a year.

One of the two arrested in Argentina is a naturalized Russian who was a policeman in Buenos Aires. It is believed the cocaine originated from either Colombia or Peru.

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