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Germany: Russian suspect of Argentina cocaine bust currently in Berlin custody00:58

Germany: Russian suspect of Argentina cocaine bust currently in Berlin custody

Germany, Berlin
March 2, 2018 at 15:32 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Russian who allegedly masterminded the Russian Embassy 389 kilograms (857,59 pounds) of cocaine smuggling from Argentina has been apprehended by the German police in Brandenburg and is currently in custody in the Landeskriminalamt [State Criminal Police Office] building in Berlin, Friday.

The 40-year-old Andrei Kovalchuk was arrested in Scharmutzelsee, south-east of Berlin on Thursday, in connection with a massive cocaine bust in Argentina last week.

According to the Russian authorities, he was arrested "due to the suspicion that he has founded an international criminal organisation with the goal to smuggle cocaine between Argentina and Russia," according to Martin Steltner, spokesperson for the Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office. Kovalchuk now awaits extradition procedures at a court in Berlin.

The case was revealed in Argentina last week, when Argentinian authorities announced they had seized 389 kilograms (857,59 pounds) of cocaine, and made several arrests, including a police officer and a Russian diplomatic official.

El ruso que supuestamente operaba desde la embajada rusa, fue detenido el viernes por la policía alemana en Brandenburgo por contrabando desde Argentina de 389 kilogramos (857,59 libras) de cocaína, actualmente se encuentra bajo custodia en el edificio de la Oficina de Policía Criminal del Estado de Landeskriminalamt.

Andrei Kovalchuk, de 40 años, fue arrestado en Scharmutzelsee, al sureste de Berlín, el jueves, en conexión con un golpe masivo de cocaína en Argentina la semana pasada.

Según las autoridades rusas, fue arrestado "debido a la sospecha de que había fundado una organización criminal internacional con el objetivo de contrabandear cocaína entre Argentina y Rusia", según Martin Steltner, portavoz de la Fiscalía de Berlín. Kovalchuk ahora espera los procedimientos de extradición en una corte en Berlín.

El caso fue revelado en Argentina la semana pasada, cuando las autoridades argentinas anunciaron que habían incautado 389 kilogramos (857,59 libras) de cocaína y realizaron varios arrestos, entre ellos un oficial de policía y un funcionario diplomático ruso.

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The Russian who allegedly masterminded the Russian Embassy 389 kilograms (857,59 pounds) of cocaine smuggling from Argentina has been apprehended by the German police in Brandenburg and is currently in custody in the Landeskriminalamt [State Criminal Police Office] building in Berlin, Friday.

The 40-year-old Andrei Kovalchuk was arrested in Scharmutzelsee, south-east of Berlin on Thursday, in connection with a massive cocaine bust in Argentina last week.

According to the Russian authorities, he was arrested "due to the suspicion that he has founded an international criminal organisation with the goal to smuggle cocaine between Argentina and Russia," according to Martin Steltner, spokesperson for the Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office. Kovalchuk now awaits extradition procedures at a court in Berlin.

The case was revealed in Argentina last week, when Argentinian authorities announced they had seized 389 kilograms (857,59 pounds) of cocaine, and made several arrests, including a police officer and a Russian diplomatic official.

El ruso que supuestamente operaba desde la embajada rusa, fue detenido el viernes por la policía alemana en Brandenburgo por contrabando desde Argentina de 389 kilogramos (857,59 libras) de cocaína, actualmente se encuentra bajo custodia en el edificio de la Oficina de Policía Criminal del Estado de Landeskriminalamt.

Andrei Kovalchuk, de 40 años, fue arrestado en Scharmutzelsee, al sureste de Berlín, el jueves, en conexión con un golpe masivo de cocaína en Argentina la semana pasada.

Según las autoridades rusas, fue arrestado "debido a la sospecha de que había fundado una organización criminal internacional con el objetivo de contrabandear cocaína entre Argentina y Rusia", según Martin Steltner, portavoz de la Fiscalía de Berlín. Kovalchuk ahora espera los procedimientos de extradición en una corte en Berlín.

El caso fue revelado en Argentina la semana pasada, cuando las autoridades argentinas anunciaron que habían incautado 389 kilogramos (857,59 libras) de cocaína y realizaron varios arrestos, entre ellos un oficial de policía y un funcionario diplomático ruso.

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