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Last Saturday, in Oroño and Urquiza fell Luciano Conocchiari. For the French Justice was the one who drove the yacht in which the drug crossed the entire Atlantic Ocean.
In the European summer of 2017 seven Greek citizens rented a house on a beach in south-western France. They said they were filmmakers who made a documentary about surfing and they moved impetuously in 4×4 vehicles. In addition, they exposed who saw them that they had semi-rigid boats (gomones). In this context, on June 20, 2017, a fisherman thought he saw a shipwreck on the shores of Mimizán, a small town bathed by the waters of the Bay of Biscay, in the French Basque Country. And that’s why he alerted the firemen. When they arrived at the beach to assist the shipwrecked, they ran into the so-called Greek filmmakers, wet and exhausted by the gomones. And with them 1.5 ton of cocaine of maximum purity on the beach. All were imprisoned in flagrante delicto.
Shortly after, a raid on the house rented by the false filmmakers allowed another 200 kilos of cocaine to be found. That was the beginning of the end for a Rosario navigator who fell out of favor on Saturday last week as a suspect of being the helmsman who guided the sailboat that crossed the Atlantic Ocean with 1.7 tons of cocaine of maximum purity for a value that oscillates between 170 million euros. For that fact, the Justice of France had requested his arrest and extradition on November 7 of last year.
In mom’s house
Luciano Eugenio Conocchiari is from Rosario and is 42 years old. He is the man wanted by the French Justice and detained on Saturday, March 30, in front of his mother’s house, on boulevard Oroño and Urquiza, in the macro-center of this city. Two days later he was sitting on the bench of the accused in front of the federal judge Marcelo Bailaque, who replaces Carlos Vera Barros (in use of license), and after corroborating his information he told the magistrate six words: “I do not want to be extradited to France.” That response opened an extradition process that could last for months.
Since his arrest, the French Justice has 45 days to formalize the petition, according to sources of the investigation. Taking into account the treaty initialed by the foreign ministers Héctor Timerman and Alain Juppé in July 2011, the detainee could request to be tried in Argentina and serve the sentence in this country, something that has not yet been requested, since the accusations made by the French justice are contained in the laws 23,737 (narcotics) and 22,415 (Customs Code).
Luciano Conocchiari is known as “Lucho” and was indicted by the High Court of Bordeaux for the crimes of “unauthorized importation of narcotics committed by an organized gang, unauthorized transportation of narcotics, unauthorized possession of narcotics, unauthorized acquisition of narcotics and participation in grouping meeting or agreement established with a view to the preparation of crimes punishable by 10 years in prison “.
As in a series
What happened during the first 20 days of June 2017 can be part of a film script. Or a chapter of “Fariña”, the series that makes an x-ray of the corruption and violence among the drug clans in Galicia (Spain) in the 80s. As former tobacco traffickers by sea, they make the leap to the world of drugs.
This series tells the life of seven Greeks, a Moldovan, an Iraqi and a Spaniard detained on the beaches of Mimizán, a small town in the French Basque Country, located 110 kilometers from Bordeaux (France) and 160 kilometers from San Sebastian (Spain) . Last week that group was joined by Rosario “Lucho” Conocchiari, who was brought to justice a year and a half after seizing the drug in south-western France.
“It is not normal for drugs to be landed in this way on the French coast, it is normal for the drug to reach 200 or 500 kilos per container in an ultra-sea ship,” a French spokesperson explained.
At the beginning of June 2017, three weeks before the discovery of the drug on the beaches of Mimizán, a group of five Greeks rented a house 10 kilometers away in the village of Escource, in the region of New Aquitaine. They said they were filmmakers who made a documentary about surfing. They arrived in two huge Chrysler Dodge 4×4 with German patent. A few days later they were joined by two other Greeks in a Volkswagen Touareg 4×4. They had at least three semi-rigid boats (gomones). They were far from respecting the low profile code. On the afternoon of June 19, the neighbors saw them in Espécier, a beach 10 kilometers south of Mimizán, with the three 4x4s and the gomones.
Climatologically it was not the best dawn to think about a landing. Around 6 in the morning a fisherman saw a scene that shocked him. A semi-rigid boat had turned before her eyes in strong winds, low tide, and a mixture of mist and darkness. He did not hesitate and called the authorities. What the fisherman did not know was what was behind that “shipwreck”. Hundreds of kilos of cocaine well packed and protected from moisture fell into the sea and the tide dragged them to the coast.
When the firemen and gendarmes arrived at the beach around 6:30 with the idea of assisting the castaways, they ran into a group of exhausted and wet Greeks. And in a radius of a few meters a pair of 4×4 vehicles, some gommons and 44 packages containing 1.5 tons of cocaine. The Greeks dressed in diving suits tried to explain in English what they were doing there, but the French uniforms stopped them.
“The boat in which the drug had been transferred from Colombia to France was helmed by Rosario Conocchiari Conocchiari”
Immediately, an express search was authorized in the home of the alleged filmmakers in the town of Escource. There they found another 200 kilos of drugs. In total there were eleven people who fell prey. Then the researchers started talking about “The Greek connection.”
The detainees in the Basque Country, between June 24 and 25 of last year were investigated by a judge of the Interregional Directorate of the Judicial Police (DIPJ) of Bordeaux, with jurisdiction throughout the south-west of France, but did not provide significant details . The French researchers began to work on the hypothesis that the drug had been transported on a sailboat and that the transshipment had materialized half an hour from the coast, offshore. Doors outside the investigation nothing more was known of the case until in October of 2018 a sailboat of 4 meters of beam and 14 meters of length called “Ayane” was kidnapped in Getxo, Spanish municipality located 12 kilometers from Bilbao.
According to information contained in the extradition request issued in France, the vessel the investigators were looking for was “formally identified as” Ayane “and at the time of the crossing the skipper (skipper or captain of the ship with the ability to steer in waters international) was none other than the Rosario Luciano Eugenio Conocchiari “, who was thus involved in the cause.
It was also learned that the skipper is responsible for making an exit dispatch called a role. In this document the crew and the captain are identified, the route that the ship will make and the estimated time of the trip is reported. That information, it is inferred, could be the key that the French Justice tells to get to the prisoner now imprisoned.
On November 7, the Court of Great Instance of Bordeaux ordered his arrest and extradition to France. Four days later that order of capture was made official for all of Europe. This order was published in the Interpol systems for the crime of drug trafficking and then the Federal Investigation Division of Fugitives and Extraditions of the Argentine Federal Police (PFA) “began with criminal intelligence tasks to find the whereabouts of the fugitive”, indicated the sources.
Luciano Conocchiari “was involved in the case for having participated, as co-author or accomplice, in the preparation of the importation of narcotics between January 1, 2017 and June 20, 2017 and during its production on the night of the 19th. as of June 20, 2017, “said the extradition request. Last Saturday, March 31, he was imprisoned meters from his mother’s house.
Source: el diario nuevo dia