On Wednesday night, customers at a service station in Salta experienced a moment of terror when the tank of a car that was loading compressed natural gas (CNG) exploded.
The peculiar fact is that, when it explodes, a “white rain” can be observed which, according to police authorities, was cocaine.
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As TN learned, the owner of the car was identified as Sofía Chaparro, who is linked to a security force in the province of Buenos Aires.
The incident occurred on Tuesday after 11 p.m. The woman and a companion arrived in a Ford Focus at a CNG station in the city of Orán, province of Salta. When they were loading CNG, the tank, which was full of bricks of narcotics, exploded and the drugs were scattered in the place.
The blocks of narcotics were scattered in the place. (Photo: courtesy of El Tribuno)
The newspaper El Tribuno reported that both women suffered various injuries and were taken to the San Vicente de Paul hospital. The moment was recorded on a security recording and, from what could be seen, no one else was affected.
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The rectangular packages sealed with yellow tape were also confirmed to contain cocaine. With the explosion, they were scattered on the beach and on the avenue. It is presumed that the shipment of narcotics came from Bolivia and was transferred to Buenos Aires.
The Ford Focus tank was loaded with blocks of cocaine. (Photo: courtesy of El Tribuno)
Police officers, Gendarmerie and Volunteer Firefighters worked at the scene.
The investigation is carried out by Federal Court No. 1, headed by Gustavo Montoya.
A similar accident
A precedent for this event occurred in 2019, also in Oran, when the car of an alleged drug trafficker exploded while refueling gas at a service station in Pellegrini and Alvarado.
Moment of explosion. (Video: 24 Hora Salta)
The driver and a passenger were traveling in a white Peugeot 306. The entire sequence was filmed by a security camera.
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Seconds after the explosion, still dazed and possibly injured, the men got into the car and escaped, but left a trail of cocaine at the scene.
At the time the news was recorded, the men were still at large.