Argentinian customs officials smelled a rat when 10 large Venezuelan men in Olympic tracksuits arrived at the Buenos Aires airport. The men, who claimed to be the Venezuelan Olympic weightlifting team, were planning to fly to Portugal via Brazil.
The officers, who had been alerted to the fact the men might not be what they seemed, decided to put the men through a pre-flight body scan. They found that all the men had plastic capsules full of liquid cocaine in their stomachs.
The men were not, of course, anything to do at all with the Venezuelan Olympic weightlifting team. They were drug mules working for a big South American cartel. The men thought that they would arouse less suspicion if they travelled as a sports team.
Instead of weightlifting the men were “lifted” by the authorities and are now sitting awaiting trial in an Argentinian prison.
It is thought that some of the men were weightlifters but not part of any Olympic team. Police had been alerted to the drug-smuggling gang by a woman who told them that her weightlifting nephew had been recruited to smuggle drugs. Police followed the man to Buenos Aires international airport, where he met up with the nine other members of his “team.”
As a result of the ten arrests, Argentinian police have now also arrested three men from the Dominican Republic in relation to the smuggling of drugs.
The sad fact is that once again it is only the so-called mules that are detected and arrested. The men at the top of the drug cartels, with the occasional exception, seem to manage to avoid arrest and prosecution. To win the war against these international drug barons seems a truly Olympian task and one that governments worldwide do not yet seem to be able to measure up to.
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