Elisa Carrió, a member of president Macri’s party, is accusing Cristina Kirchner’s associate Milagros Salas of creating an illegal drug trafficking network involving Bolivian cocaine, ephedrine and human trafficking.
Sala has been under arrest for eight days and is being investigated for conspiracy to commit a crime. Salas is a member of Tupac Amaru and a friend of Bolivia’s Evo Morales, who is celebrating his tenth year in power.
I could not find any articles in the English-language media, but there are numerous reports in-country, as you can see in the above links.
You may recall allegations from three years ago regarding Cristina Fernandez’s blind-eye policy to drug lords. Argentina allegedly is the #3 port of departure for cocaine destined to Europe.
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President Macri thus campaigned strongly on pledges to tackle crime and fight corruption and bring new investment into the ailing economy. He also had an additional strong motivation against crime, as he had been kidnapped in 1991 “and kept captive for 12 days by a gang of corrupt policemen demanding millions in ransom.”
Transnational organized criminals have stealthily and increasingly encroached into the Argentine homeland, engaging in violent battles for control of lucrative criminal turf and illicit contraband supply chains.
Argentina has easily transitioned from having been a transit country for drug trafficking, into a huge consumer country, “controlled by an ever growing nucleus of illicit power brokers and growing corruption of security forces.”
Argentina is now the second largest domestic market for cocaine in Latin America, after Brazil. As well, it has become both a major market and transit point in the world drug trade as international trafficking groups have expanded their activities, from a destination for synthesis to increasing exports, as well as consumption.
Further motivation for Macri’s pledges on crime relate to the shame of Argentina in becoming a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking, according to the U.S. State Department.
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