President Mauricio Macri stopped using the Presidential fleet for official trips, arguing it represented an unnecessary cost for the state. In an attempt to save the country some pesos, Macri instead travels with regular airlines when he has to go somewhere — in first class, of course. And his state visit to Spain last month wasn’t the exception.
Along with his wife, Juliana Awada, and part of the delegation that joined him on the visit, Macri traveled to Spain with Spanish airline Iberia and came back in on an Aerolíneas Argentinas flight. Now, considering he’s a head of state, it’s pretty likely that Macri experiences some situations that wouldn’t normally take place in a plane.
For example, it’s easy to imagine a passenger making a not so nice comment to him, such as the trending Macri Gato. Or 15 people in a row asking him for a selfie with Snapchat’s dog filter. But these imagined situations pale in comparison with what actually allegedly happened on his return flight from Spain on February 26 – according to Infobae, 64,000 ecstacy pills may have been travelling on the exact same trip.
— Mauricio Macri (@mauriciomacri) February 26, 2017
The drugs, valued at 12.8 million pesos, were discovered by airport police as two Colombian citizens who had travelled on the same flight as Macri when they attempted to travel to Chile. And this is where things get interesting.
Spokespeople for the Argentine Airport Police (PSA) raised doubts about the possibility that the drugs came to the country on the same plane as Macri, and posited the theory that the culprits could have gotten them once in the country. However, the judge in charge of the case clarified in a ruling that “it doesn’t escape the judge’s criteria the fact that these substances are mainly produced in the European continent.”
Should they have traveled on the same flight as Macri, Spanish airport security forces in Madrid would have failed to detect the pills, which were found in the false bottom of a suitcase when the traffickers tried to smuggle them on another flight to Chile. It is confirmed that their luggage wasn’t checked because the AFIP tax collecting agency’s “Traffic Light” system — by which people who arrive to the country have to undergo security controls depending on whether a button they press upon arrival turns green or red — allowed them to get into the country without further checks.
The judge in the case, Marcelo Aguinsky, told Ambito that this was an “absolute coincidence,” and that he had “no further hypothesis than that.” He went on to clarify that neither the President nor any other member of the Argentine delegation will be called as a witness in the case. It’s still uncertain if the pills came to Argentina in the same flight as Macri. But if confirmed, it will definitely top the list of less-than-normal things that happened on his air trips overseas. What could top it, we can only speculate…