Two of the arrested defendants in the so-called cocaine case – Vladimir Kalmykov and Istimer Khudzhamov worked with companies from Moscow, one was unemployed, reported «Interfax» on February 27, informed source.
About the criminal case on the international drug trade, involving Russian diplomats, it became known on February 22. The investigation began in December 2016, when the Russian Ambassador in Argentina Victor koronelli found 12 suitcases with the drug in the building of the Embassy school.
Koronelli reported a suspicious finding Argentinian authorities. Those found in suitcases 389 kilograms of cocaine, which cost in Russia could amount to about €50 million.
According to the interlocutor of «Interfax», Kalmykov is a former General Director of LLC «Center of legal services» Khudzhamov – former sales Manager of one of the capital of companies engaged in wholesale sales. Unemployed listed as the third defendant Ali Aslanov.
The Tver court of Moscow arrested three persons involved in business in December 2017. In custody they will be kept until at least mid-April.
Another suspect, the alleged organizer of the smuggling of cocaine Andrey Kovalchuk arrested in absentia. The FSB believes that he is hiding in Germany.
All defendants charged with violating part 3 of article 30 – part 4 of article 229.1 (attempted smuggling of narcotic drugs) and part 3 of article 30 – paragraph 5 of article 228.1 (attempt of illegal production, sale or shipment of narcotic drugs in especially large size) the Criminal code of Russia.
February 22, Argentine media reported that the law enforcement agencies of Argentina and Russia conducted a joint operation and not given to establish a drug trafficking via the Russian Embassy in Buenos Aires. Party drug could to prepare for the implementation of the world football championship in Russia this summer, when the price of goods would rise several times.
According to The Telegraph, the Russians, who organized a scheme to smuggle diplomatic mail from Argentina to Russia 389 kilograms of cocaine, announced wanted through Interpol. According to the newspaper, the plan of the Russian drug traffickers diplomats suggested that drugs in Russia will deliver aircraft to the Secretary of the Russian security Council Nikolai Patrushev.
Package with drugs was replaced by bags of flour. In bags mounted GPS receivers to track the delivery. In December 2017 the flour under the guise of cocaine was brought to Russia by diplomatic mail in the plane Patrushev, who visited Argentina to represent Russia at the inauguration of President Mauricio Macri.
Then was arrested a former employee of the Embassy in Argentina Ali Abjanov and came for the Luggage, Vladimir Kalmykov and Istimer Khudzhamov. In Argentina, was arrested Ivan Bliznyuk, who had allegedly purchased cocaine and his friend Alexander Chica, carrying suitcases at the airport.
Cocaine at the Russian Embassy in Argentina. The defendants in the case were the former head of the center for legal services, and unemployed media 27.02.2018