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1304kg of cocaine found on Turkish G IV in Fortaleza

Old 5th Aug 2021, 07:49
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1304kg of cocaine found on Turkish G IV in Fortaleza


Is this old news? Can’t find a dateline on it…
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Old 5th Aug 2021, 09:02
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https://insiderpaper.com/video-brazi...e-turkish-jet/

Date on that article is 4 Aug 21
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Old 5th Aug 2021, 09:03
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The article is dated yesterday: https://www.aeroflap.com.br/pf-apree...-de-fortaleza/

EDIT: too slow...

EDIT2: the article from "Aeroflap" does not contain a lot of meat. If you search for the term "policia federal fortaleza cocaina aeronave" you will find a plethora of articles in Brazilian news websites, providing much more detail!

Let me quote one automated translation from https://www.cmjornal.pt/mundo/detalh...ria-por-lisboa
The Federal Police of Brazil seized this Wednesday at Pinto Martins airport, in Fortaleza, more than a ton of cocaine hidden in packages inside 24 suitcases, belonging to a Spanish passenger, which were to be shipped to Brussels, Belgium. The aircraft left Ribeirão Preto, in the interior of São Paulo, and made a technical refueling stopover in Recife to continue its journey. I would still stop in Lisbon before heading to Brussels.

The suspects tried to flee before the Brazilian police approached. The police action was filmed and, in the images, it is possible to see the moment when the agent asks one of the passengers to open the suitcase on the table. He tries to get the agent to let him open another suitcase instead, but the agent insists. The drug was hidden in 1200 plastic blocks inside 24 suitcases. The test was done and confirmed it was cocaine. In total this is 1,304 kg of cocaine.

The aircraft was recently purchased by ACM Airlines. A 60-year-old Spanish passenger from the region of Asturias and the commander of the aircraft, a 48-year-old Turk, were arrested in the act of international drug trafficking. When questioned, the Spanish passenger said that he had 24 suitcases because he was going on work to Guarulhos (São Paulo) and later said he was going on tourism. The other three crew members (a Turkish woman and two men) were taken to the Federal Police headquarters to give statements. The Federal Police were already monitoring the Turkish aircraft when it left Spain for Brazil. Authorities believe that it was in Ribeirão Preto that the jet was fueled with the drug.
There's even a video of the Police asking the passenger and captain to open one of the suitcases. They knew they were in deep shit.

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Turkish exec jets and crews were involved in the recent escape of Carlos Ghosn from Tokyo via Istanbul. Now this, a big criminal event. It seems that the Turkish authorities may be a wee bit lax in certain areas
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Old 5th Aug 2021, 10:58
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Originally Posted by EatMyShorts! View Post
The article is dated yesterday: https://www.aeroflap.com.br/pf-apree...-de-fortaleza/

EDIT: too slow...

EDIT2: the article from "Aeroflap" does not contain a lot of meat. If you search for the term "policia federal fortaleza cocaina aeronave" you will find a plethora of articles in Brazilian news websites, providing much more detail!

Let me quote one automated translation from https://www.cmjornal.pt/mundo/detalh...ria-por-lisboa


There's even a video of the Police asking the passenger and captain to open one of the suitcases. They knew they were in deep shit.

https://youtu.be/rX8ilcr7aWU
Retirement in jail!!
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Some months ago a Falcon 900 coming up from the Sao Paulo area for a crossing into Europe had one of its throttle levers jammed.

The Capt decided to make a stop, if I remember correctly, in Fortaleza, and have the issue checked before proceeding with the crossing of the Atlantic.

Some hundreds of kilos of extra "payload" were found in various compartments in the aircraft acessible via panels that can be opened for maintenance action, inside and outside of the aircraft.

Some time later the aircraft eventually made it back to its base in Europe. Some weeks later on a routine maintenance check some "payload" was still found onboard the aircraft.
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Old 5th Aug 2021, 12:10
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...and because of these thugs we are getting more and more problems in private aviation!

I mean, how stupid are these smugglers? Yes, dozens of identical suitcases loaded onto a private jet from Brazil to Europe. That's completely normal, right!
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So the captain that operates biz jets needs to check his pax bags for drugs?
I think they will let the captain go unless there is evidence of him being involved.
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Old 5th Aug 2021, 19:40
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Originally Posted by Qbix View Post
So the captain that operates biz jets needs to check his pax bags for drugs?
I think they will let the captain go unless there is evidence of him being involved.
It's the responsibility of the customs, not the Captain, to clear the aircraft. This doesn't preclude the PIC of a rational evaluation of the pax and content of baggage and cargo.
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Turkish exec jets and crews were involved in the recent escape of Carlos Ghosn from Tokyo via Istanbul. Now this, a big criminal event. It seems that the Turkish authorities may be a wee bit lax in certain areas
The specific aircraft involved is reported as TC-GVA, a G-1V, which is ex TC-ATA of the Turkish government.
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Old 5th Aug 2021, 22:15
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Originally Posted by Klimax View Post
It's the responsibility of the customs, not the Captain, to clear the aircraft. This doesn't preclude the PIC of a rational evaluation of the pax and content of baggage and cargo.
1304kg of Columbian marching powder? There is no way the crew did not know about this. Way over the hold limit for a GIV.
Anyone who has ever worked in this industry know the pain of punters bringing ridiculous amounts of luggage and this would have been a huge issue….
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Originally Posted by Thaihawk View Post
The specific aircraft involved is reported as TC-GVA, a G-1V, which is ex TC-ATA of the Turkish government.
...which is incidentally is the aircraft that Sultan Erdogan used to fly on the night of the "coup".
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...which is incidentally is the aircraft that Sultan Erdogan used to fly on the night of the "coup".
One has to wonder how far from Turkish government control (or more precisely elements within that government) that airplane was at the time of it's seizure in Brazil.
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Various databases imply it's still the property of the Turkish Airforce...must have been sold very recently?
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