The information came from Australia, where a person wearing a bathing suit was found dead in New South Wales waters. Diver high tech with a ship overseas cereals called “Areti GR”, and at the same time 50 kilos of cocaine were found. Of course, the death and the origin of the substance are under investigation, as is a businessman who was trying to flee to Singapore. The additional fact is that the ship was at the port terminal of Renova, in timpani, At the beginning of April. Immediately conspiracies began to be woven linking the possibility of the drug leaving Argentina, but reports were also published that would give that chance.
The Argentine Naval Prefecture has practically assured the impossibility of the cocaine shipment leaving the port of Santa Fe and the explanation seems very simple. At least for what is expressed in the web portal “Pregón, la Voz de San Lorenzo”, where they explain: “It is striking that it could have been done here because the method that is thought to be used is of a very high degree of difficulty and professionalism, since it is a question of placing drugs under the surface of the water, from the outside to the inside of the vessel.And that in troubled waters with strong currents such as ours (from the Paraná River) visibility is a big obstacle”.
Another problem that was explained was that “all ships that navigate in Argentine waters are controlled and monitored through a system that the prefecture has in terms of navigation safety until they leave the country”.
Similarly, the “Areti GR” which left the port of Santa Fe also passed through the port of La Plata and the information from Australia does not specify whether the drugs were being unloaded or loaded, and the actual quantity is unclear.
And it happened last Sunday, the 8th of this month, when customs officers from the city of Newcastle inspected the ship from the Marshall Islands. It arrived loaded with 60,000 tons of soybean meal that had been loaded at a port terminal on the Industrial Cord, according to the oceanicinsight.com newspaper.
In addition to this fact, the arrest of a businessman who intended to travel to Singapore, known as Mr Blee, 62, was reported. The arrested suspect is James Blee, who fell in Far North Queensland while trying to catch a plane to Singapore on Wednesday afternoon. He was charged with importing and supplying drugs, according to Australian newspaper abc.net.au. The man had $17,000 on him and only had a one-way ticket.
Meanwhile, investigators believe the initial consignment of drugs to Newcastle weighed up to 300kg, with a retail value of $120million. But only 100 kg would have reached Australian waters. Detectives now believe the remaining 200kg may have ended up in Indonesia.
The diver’s find
According to the Australian media publication, port staff immediately called local police after spotting an unconscious diver on the coast that same Monday morning near the grain ship’s moorings.
While the diver was pronounced dead, despite attempts to revive him, police found at the scene that the body belonged to a foreign citizen, who was dressed in a neoprene wetsuit and wearing high-tech scuba gear usually used by more experienced divers.
The diver reportedly lost consciousness and died while trying to retrieve blocks of cocaine from the hull of the grain ship that arrived from Argentina last Sunday. According to the oceanicinsight.com portal, two small boats approached the grain ship the day before the discovery of the body and the cocaine content, hence the presumption that it was an attempt to collect the substance, which was found wrapped in yellow wrappers.
What is striking, and which has given rise to a thorough investigation, is that to date only 50 kilos of cocaine (actually 54) have been seized at the scene, worth 13.8 million dollars. However, according to information provided by the local portal, it is estimated that this figure could reach a total of 70 million US dollars of this substance, the origin of which is under investigation and if it was actually found in the interior of the ship.
Last Monday, divers searched the entire perimeter of the 656ft vessel in an attempt to find a chest that was believed to have been tied to the ship’s deck. They also re-boarded the ship to interview the crew to determine if the find was part of a drug trafficking case.
46 kilos in circulation
In the meantime, it is estimated that some 46 kilos of cocaine (which would supplement the 100 kg which would have arrived in Newcastle) are already circulating on the streets. Meanwhile, police are looking for another diver, as well as information on an inflatable boat seen in the area.
“There are obviously more people involved than the dead man,” NSW Police Superintendent Rob Critchlow said.
In this regard, they posted images of a couple believed to be related to the diver found dead. The man is of “South American appearance” at 1.78 meters, while the woman is between 1.50 and 1.60 meters. Both entered a boat illegally, but it was not specified which one.
The causes of the diver’s death and subsequent abandonment of his body are also unknown, as it is not believed that he was alone.
On Tuesday, police divers were due to return to the ship to further inspect the hull. Meanwhile, police continue to probe local dive shops and ask for the public’s help in locating anyone who may have purchased this advanced riding gear in recent days. A review of police databases yielded no results to identify the deceased.
At the same time, investigators are on the trail of another seizure of 179 kilos of cocaine in the port of Java, Indonesia, which could be linked to this smuggling.