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Over $1 Million in Cocaine Explodes in Police Officer’s Car Caught on Camera

Argentine police placed on administrative leave after cocaine explodes in her car.

Terrifying moment car stashed with $1,500,000 worth of cocaine explodes in a gas station caught on camera.

Over $1 Million in Cocaine Explodes in Police Officer's Car Caught on Camera. Credit Daily Mail

This is the explosive moment a police officer’s car filled with $1,500,000 worth of cocaine blew up at a gas station in Argentina.

According to Argentinian news outlets, the sergeant, Sofia Esther Chaparro’s car was stuffed with 20 kilos of the drug and she was with her three children at the time of the blast. The explosion, which saw clouds of cocaine blasted around into the air, happened in Oran in the province of the provincial capital of Salta.

The Buenos Aires City police officer and her three children were not in the car at the time as she had pulled over and they had got out by the gas pump. After the blast, passers-by said that the ground surrounding it was covered in white powder.

Even more drug packages wrapped in yellow paper are said to have also gone up in smoke. Orán’s auxiliary prosecutor, María del Carmen Núñez, told Télam news agency ‘She claimed to have taken the car out of a workshop hours before and that she had gone to fill the gas tank to continue the trip back to Buenos Aires.’

Chaparro, who has been put under house arrest, refused to testify in court. She has since been charged with transporting narcotics.

According to the Beunos Aires Herald, sources from the police force’s internal affairs division said that the sergeant was removed from her duties while investigators try to establish whether she acted alone or if she was part of an organization.

At the time of the incident, Chaparro was on medical leave. The prosecutor said that Chaparro owned the car with her ex-husband.

Two of Chaparro’s three children are said to be disabled, which is what prompted the prosecutor to allow her house arrest – so she can continue to look after them. Argentina’s provincial police forces are considered to be highly susceptible to corruption.

An article on Insight Crime explains that despite Argentina being considered one of the safer regions in Latin America, there is a ‘serious problem’ with corruption. Partly due to failed past reform efforts, the country’s provincial police forces are vulnerable to organised crime.

South America accounts for 30 percent of the world’s cocaine production – but most of this is not in Argentina.

Columbia is thought to have over half-a-million acres of land used for the production of the coca crop and produces over 1,000 tons of the drug every year, worth over $100 billion in United Kingdom street value.

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Source: Daily Mail

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