Video shows police shooting down suspected drug trafficking plane
Thursday, 05 May 2016 - 9:19
Peruvian drug enforcement agents from the countrys DIRANDRO downed a small plane suspected of trafficking drugs on 3 May. The dramatic video, filmed by a police officer, shows the moment authorities shot down the Bolivian plane, license CP1818, and it crashed to the ground.
For the following three hours, authorities traded gunfire with the suspects in the remote area of central Peru, called the Valley of Pichis Palcazu in Oxapampa province. One suspect, allegedly a Colombian man, escaped. The other suspect, the 58-year-old Bolivian pilot, was shot and taken into custody by police who transferred him to a hospital in Pucallpa.
Authorities seized 70kg of cocaine chloridate from the plane but believe the suspects hid at least 200kg of drugs since the planes are capable of carrying 300kg.
Peru is the worlds second largest supplier of cocaine, after Colombia.