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Peruvian police shoot down plane carrying 70 kilos of cocaine

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Peruvian police took down a drug-smuggling plane by shooting it out of the sky.After firing at each other, authorities shot the plane down in the Valley of Pichis Palcazu.

The officers seized more than 70 kilos of cocaine after a sustained shoot out when the plane crash-landed in the valley of Pichis Palcazu.

A video taken by the enforcement authorities shows the plane smash into the ground and start to burn while the sound of gunfire echoes around the valley.

Dramatic footage of the tense shootout show police shooting at suspected traffickers across a smoking field.

One suspect, thought to be a Columbian drug smuggler, escaped from the scene but the 58-year-old Bolivian pilot was shot and arrested.

It is believed that the smugglers managed to make off with or hide up to 200 kilos of cocaine worth millions of dollars.

Last week Colombia deported Peru’s most-wanted criminal drug lord Gerson Galvez back to his homeland.

He was arrested on Saturday at a Medellin shopping centre and deported to Peru less than 24 hours later because he did not have migration papers.

Peruvian media have dubbed the incident as the ‘new El Chapo’, in reference to Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, Galvez. Galvez is wanted in connection with 101 killings in Peru, where he is also alleged to have managed large shipments of cocaine from the nation’s main seaport in Callao.

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Over 70% of deep-sea fish of Atlantic Ocean have ingested plastic : Study

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Fragments of plastic are found throughout the world, from nearly every continent to nearly every body of water. But, researchers recently have found 73 percent of Northwest Atlantic deep-sea fish are also eating it — the highest reported frequency of plastic-eating fish in the world.

Plastic particles were found in some of the most remote parts of the Atlantic Ocean with almost three quarters of a sample of more than 230 deep-water fish collected by NUI Galway scientists having ingested plastic particles.

The contamination level among the fish species, located in the northwest Atlantic thousands of kilometres from land and 600m down in the ocean, is one of the highest reported frequencies of microplastic occurrence in fish worldwide, according to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

The NUIG scientists, as part of the study, participated in a transatlantic crossing onboard the marine institute’s Celtic Explorer vessel.

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PhD candidate and lead author Alina Wieczorek said, “Deep-water fish migrate to the surface at night to feed on plankton [microscopic animals] and this is likely when they are exposed to the microplastics.”

During this research cruise they took dead deep-sea fish from midwater trawls such as the spotted lanternfish, rakery beaconlamp, stout saw-palate and scaly dragonfish.

Microplastics are small plastic fragments that commonly originate from the breakdown of larger plastic items entering the ocean. Other sources may be waste water effluents carrying plastic fibres from clothing and microbeads from personal care products. Due to their low density, most of these microplastics float at the sea surface.

The fish ranged in size from the smallest species the Glacier Lantern at 3.5cm to the largest species, the stout saw-palate at 59cm.

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