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A bag containing 16kg (35.5lb) of coc aine was found at the United Nations headquarters in New York last week, police have said.
The drugs were in a bag printed with a version of the UN symbol which arrived at the organisation's mailroom, setting off a security alert.
Spokesman Paul Browne said they seemed to have been delivered by accident.
This did not come from a United Nations facility,’ Starr said of the shipment. ‘It was not, in my opinion, not intended to go to a United Nations facility.’ Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk...
there was no name or address on the shipment sent from Mexico City through Cincinnati.
There was no name or address on the shipment sent from Mexico City through Cincinnati, he added.
Authentic pouches have the words “United Nations” and “Diplomatic Mail” printed on the outside, as well as the body’s logo. But these cheap cotton bags had only the logo. There was no wording, no address, no manifest, no airway bill. They had been delivered from Mexico by the courier company DHL, according to diplomats who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the seizure.
Some countries with corrupt governments have allegedly used diplomatic immunity to smuggle drugs, which was mentioned by English journalist Tony Thompson in his book Gangs: A Journey into the Heart of the British Underworld.
During World War II, Winston Churchill reportedly received shipments of Cuban cigars by this means.
In 1964, a Moroccan-born Israeli double agent named Mordechai Ben Masoud Louk (also known as Josef Dahan) was drugged, bound, and placed in a diplomatic bag at the Egyptian Embassy in Rome, but was rescued by the Italians. The crate that he had been placed in appeared to have been used for a similar purpose before, possibly for an Egyptian military official who had defected to Italy several years before but then disappeared without a trace before reappearing under Egyptian custody and facing trial.
During the 1982 Falklands War, the Argentine government used a diplomatic bag to smuggle several Limpet mines to their embassy in Spain, to be used in the covert Operation Algeciras, in which Argentine agents were to blow up a British warship in the Royal Navy Dockyard at Gibraltar. The plot was uncovered and stopped by the Spanish Police before the explosives could be set.
In the 1984 Dikko Affair, a former Nigerian government minister, was kidnapped and placed in a shipping crate, in an attempt to transport him from the United Kingdom back to Nigeria for trial. However, it was not marked as a diplomatic bag, which allowed British customs to open it.
In 1984, the Sterling submachine gun used to shoot dead WPC Yvonne Fletcher from inside the Libyan Embassy in London was smuggled out of the UK in one of 21 diplomatic bags.
In March 2000 Zimbabwe created an international incident when it opened a British diplomatic shipment