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U.S. Warplane Busted Bringing Unauthorized Weapons, Drugs & Spy Gear into Argentina

A US Air Force plane was caught attempting to bring unauthorized cargo into Argentina, the Buenos Aires Herald reports. Among the items discovered on the plane and seized by Argentinean customs officials were machine guns, ammunition, spy equipment and drugs such as morphine. The United States maintains that the cargo was destined for a training course for the Argentine federal police and that the items had been cleared for entry into the South American country in December. Argentinean cabinet chief Aníbal Fernández refutes these claims and accused a top US State Department official of lying.

The United States has protested the way its military officials on the plane were treated, with the Pentagon declaring that incidents like this are “not supposed to happen between two allied countries.” Fernández affirmed Argentina’s “legit right to check what’s brought in” and retorted: “I want them to tell me what would have happened if an Argentinian plane with Argentinian military or armed men from the Argentinian security forces wanted to enter the US with weapons, with machines to intercept communications, with numbered electronic equipment, with high-potential GPSes and all sorts of other things. They would certainly have ended up in Guantánamo, wearing orange overalls.”

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