Tonne of cocaine found on Argentina jet

FOUR Argentines, three the sons of former high-ranking officials in their country’s Air Force, have been arrested in Spain for allegedly transporting almost a tonne of cocaine in a private plane, an official says.

The plane belonging to the Argentine medical transport company Medical Jet took off from Moron west of Buenos Aires and landed in Barcelona’s El Prat airport on January 2, Argentine Cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez told channel C5N.

He said Spanish security forces found 900 kilograms on the plane.

Argentine media said the cocaine was almost pure with a value of more than 30 million euros ($39.31 million).

Four Argentine men were detained, including Gustavo and Eduardo Julia – sons of the late former head of the Air Force Jose Julia – and Gaston Miret, son of Jose Miret, the former Air Force brigadier who was secretary of planning during Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship, Mr Fernadez said.

Jose Julia was head of Argentina’s Air Force during the government of President Carlos Menem (1989-1999).

The name of the fourth man was not given.

Mr Fernandez said he did not know if the cocaine originated from Argentina or if it was loaded onto the plane in Cape Verde of the coast of Africa where the plane made a stop.

Spain’s Civil Guard declined to comment on the case.

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