drug traffickers have been too greedy ? On July 26, a small plane crashed on takeoff in Papua New Guinea, probably because of its drug cargo was too heavy. On board, the 500 kilos of cocaine bound for Australia, as reported by CNN. Estimated value : $ 80 million. The discovery by the local authorities of the cargo has quickly led the australian police to arrest five people close to the Italian mafia.
In a statement, the australian federal police, explains that "greed has played an important role in the activities" of the group of criminals and " cannot exclude the possibility that the weight of the cocaine may have had an impact on the ability of the plane to take off ".
The five men arrested had made their way in the australian city of Atherton in order to prepare the aircraft in the direction of the Papua and get to the back to retrieve the drugs. According to the authorities, the plane flew extremely low to leave Australia without appearing on the radar. The aircraft was then known of the problems on site at the time of take off after you have retrieved the cargo. The australian driver was arrested two days after the crash, after he himself visited the consulate of australian in Papua New Guinea.
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"With the restrictions on international travel put in place because of the coronavirus, the attempt by criminal organizations to import drugs into Australia shows the extent to which these may be proof of greed," said a member of the australian federal police. This seizure is one of the most important of the recent history of the fight against drug trafficking in Australia.Updated Date: 01 August 2020, 12:33