Cocaine-Selling Colombians Sentenced
to Imprisonment in Moscow
(RIA Novosti) — The Russian interior ministry’s investigating
committee reports that a verdict passed in relation to two Colombian
and two Russian citizens who tried to sell a Latin American cocaine
batch worth $1 million in Russia, has come into force.
district court has sentenced Colombia’s Ocampo Jimenez and Alvarado
Bautist to 13 and 10 years of imprisonment correspondingly while
Russia’s Valery Pavlenko and Rodas Luis were sentenced to seven
years and six months in jail.
It has been
found out that in 2001 Kaliningrad businessman Valery Pavlenko
established contacts with Bogota drug barons’ representative though
his acquaintance Luis, a Colombian who settled in Moscow.
kg of cocaine was sent to Moscow from Colombia, in a batch of
tights. But the drugs were discovered by French customs officers
who notified the Russian interior ministry and the latter detained
Pavlenko, the recipient of the cargo. It was revealed that foreign
drug traffickers wanted to organize drug smuggling into Russia.
This time intelligence agents passed themselves as buyers. When
drugs melted in menthol oil and concealed in double-bottom barrels
arrived in Moscow, they were recovered from the solution by chemist
Alvarado Bautist who had come to the capital still earlier. Once
the operation was over, the Colombians were arrested.