Venezuelan 'Red Cross' Plane Busted With 1,322 Pounds of Cocaine
Seized cocaine shipments. Police in Sierra Leone said they had arrested seven foreigners, including an American, after a record haul of 600 kilos of cocaine was discovered in an airplane bearing a fake Red Cross emblem. (AFP/Miguel Riopa)
Police in Sierra Leone have arrested three more foreigners in connection with Sunday’s record cocaine seizure in the West African country, bringing the total number of arrests to 61.
Police official Francis Munu told reporters Thursday that the three additional suspects were from Venezuela but carried multiple passports.
In total, 11 foreign nationals and 50 Sierra Leoneans have been arrested.
The arrests follow the discovery on Sunday of 600 kilos (1,322 pounds) of cocaine in an airplane bearing a fake Red Cross emblem at Freetown’s international Lungi airport.
Police said the plane had come from Venezuela, which is a major source of cocaine shipments destined for Europe.
Last week there was an international uproar after it was discovered that Colombian agents wore Red Cross emblems during a hostage rescue.
But, this story did not gain that much international attention.
Funny, how that works.