May 17, 2022 10:14 am

The alleged supplier fell and they investigate payments of bribes to the police in the area

Joaquín Aquino, “El Paisa”, had been under investigation since last year. The Narcocriminality Prosecutor’s Office (Procunar), in charge of federal prosecutor Diego Iglesias, had put the magnifying glass on this narco based on information provided by the Directorate of Investigations Against Organized Crime of the Buenos Aires police. Yesterday he was arrested, with his partner and six accomplices, accused of being the owner of the stash of adulterated drugs that, so far, caused the deaths of 23 consumers and the hospitalization of 84 people who bought the lethal narcotic –cocaine mixed with an as yet unidentified opiate–to the dealers of the gang of the trafficker born in Concepción, Paraguay, on August 24, 1988.

Based on the investigation carried out to identify the supplier of the deadly drug that was sold in the bunkers of Puerta 8 and Villa El Gaucho, in Loma Hermosa and in the Lanzone neighborhood and kilometer 18, in San Martín, the existence of the alleged complicity with local police officers.

The residents of those stalls indicated that the drug dealers handed out sums of money, weekly, to police personnel who passed by a bunker to remove a bag left by the drug gang’s “cornerbacks.”

“There is no doubt that the gang operated with some protection or collusion with police personnel,” said an investigator when asked about the statements made by residents of Puerta 8 (see separate).

But this was not an isolated event. In another investigation for drug trafficking, by the specialized prosecutor’s office of the San Martín Judicial Department, during the search of a house located in Villa Maipú, envelopes with money were found, labeled with the names of police agencies.

This file was referred to the Complex Investigations Prosecutor’s Office to try to identify the officers who received the money.

Ten people were arrested this afternoon in raids carried out in the Puerta 8 settlement, in the Tres de Febrero district, as part of the investigation for the sale of a shipment of cocaine in poor condition that caused at least 7 deaths.ELIAN OBREGON

So far, the investigators who arrested the gang commanded by El Paisa have not found similar envelopes in the new case, although three of the nine raids that were carried out yesterday, which ended with the capture of the eight members of the criminal organization, were materialized in Villa Loyola, located a few blocks from the town of Villa Maipú.

Last August, Procunar presented a report with complaints about Aquino’s activity. The federal judge of Tres de Febrero, Juan Manuel Culotta, referred the file to federal prosecutor Paul Starc, who ordered a group of police officers to carry out field tasks to determine the dynamics and logistics of the members of the gang for sale. of drug

But the events unleashed during the early hours of Wednesday, which already led to the deaths of 23 people who bought drugs in the four bunkers of the Aquino gang – a list that, unfortunately, could be expanded as the hours went by – precipitated the decision to break up the band. Above all, due to the urgent need to remove the lethal substance from circulation.

Between the raids carried out in the four bunkers identified by the surviving consumers and the operations carried out in the homes of the members of the gang commanded by El Paisa, the police seized more than 20,000 doses of drugs.

The first expert opinion carried out on the seized doses and on the bags provided by the consumers who survived and who arrived intoxicated at the hospitals in Hurlingham, Loma Hermosa and San Martín, concluded that the drug was cocaine, but it has not yet been established what the substance would be. poison that caused mass poisoning.

For a therapeutic issue, based on the favorable reaction that the intoxicated had to treatment with drugs to combat the effects of opiates, the probability that the cocaine could have been “stretched” with fentanyl is weighed.

Patients intoxicated with doses of cocaine adulterated with opiates, treated at the Hurlingham hospital
Patients intoxicated with doses of cocaine adulterated with opiates, treated at the Hurlingham hospitalRodrigo Abd/AP

The Paisa and Mamluk

According to what the nation was able to reconstruct, in preliminary investigation No. 1842, last December, Procunar requested that a series of test measures be carried out. The opinion, of 17 pages, was presented before the federal court of Tres de Febrero. The magistrate heard, first, the federal prosecutor of San Martín, Jorge Sica, but finally the file was delegated to the federal prosecutor of Tres de Febrero, Paul Starc, who ordered a series of tests to continue with the investigation initiated by the procrastinate

Finally, Starc requested the search warrants and Aquino was arrested in the last few hours by the Buenos Aires police. According to judicial sources, El Paisa was “second boss” and, last November, he became the general organizer of the gang when its leaders, Max Alí Alegre, alias Alicho, and Blas Gómez, el Gordo Blas, were arrested for drug trafficking in another file that also instructs Culotta.

For the investigators, Aquino would be responsible for organizing the commercialization of narcotics in the different places of San Martín and Loma Hermosa.

"the country", the main suspect in the case of adulterated cocaine, was transferred by the Police
“El Paisa”, the main suspect in the case of adulterated cocaine, was transferred by the Police

El Paisa was arrested in a house on Chile 600, in José C. Paz. This is an address that the Procunar had asked to search last December. In the building, 5,000 doses of cocaine, a 9 mm pistol and ammunition were seized.

In that place, according to the investigation carried out by the Buenos Aires police, El Paisa lived with Aldana, his partner, who helped him in the “marketing of narcotics in Villa Loyola.” Aquino used to get around in a Ford Focus.

Six other suspects were also arrested in the proceedings, including Alberto Medina, who was working as a driver for El Paisa and as a collector of money obtained from drug outlets.

Medina, according to the investigation, would also be in charge of transferring the doses from the collection centers to the points of sale. Another of the detainees would be in charge of stretching the cocaine with a substance that was lethal.

“Everyone remembers Miguel Ángel ‘Mameluco’ Villalba, the biggest drug trafficker in the San Martín area. When one falls, the next one takes power. After Mameluco, the son fell, and then different chains, until the one who was replaced is the one who had an arrest warrant since 2018. Yesterday we were able to obtain the search warrants to arrest the ringleader, lieutenant and who is accused of being the ‘cook ‘” of the lethal drug, said Minister Sergio Berni.

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