1,000 Kilos Cocaine Discovered On Bolivian Airliner Sparks Scandal

A Wamos Air plane taxiing at a Chilean airport

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In February, Spanish authorities discovered simply over 1,000 pounds of cocaine on a industrial flight at Madrid–Barajas Airport. The Boliviana de Aviación (BoA) flight, operated by Spanish constitution airline Wamos Air, arrived in Spain from Viru Viru Worldwide Airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Throughout the investigation, info was uncovered that means that members of Bolivia’s owned-state airline and different authorities businesses colluded with drug traffickers. This week, the Bolivian authorities acknowledged drug trafficking’s infiltration of the state’s equipment.

The Spanish newspaper El País reported there have been a number of makes an attempt to impede the police investigation after the medication had been found in Madrid. A request for surveillance pictures from when the airplane was loaded led to the invention that the pictures had been deleted. Ultimately, photographs had been discovered displaying two BoA cargo handlers breaking the police seal on a delivery container and including the 12 bins crammed with cocaine.

The illicit collusion has provoked widespread criticism of Bolivia President Luis Arce, together with from his predecessors Evo Morales and Carlos Mesa. The federal government’s response has been simply as complete. The cargo handlers, the delivery firm’s proprietor, the police officer answerable for airport safety have been arrested, with President Arce stating that there shall be extra arrests. A BoA official and a Viru Viru Airport official have additionally been suspended.

Investigators have many questions on how far worldwide drug trafficking has infiltrated Bolivia’s legislation enforcement businesses and state-owned airline. It’s inconceivable that the February flight was the one one between Bolivia and Spain that carried cocaine.

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