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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Agustín Álvarez took a plane in Madrid bound for Brazil on October 25th.

At the age of 29, the various navigation licenses he owned - the last one, a speedboat pilot - in his hometown of Vigo (Pontevedra, Spain) would serve him to accomplish the most risky mission of his life: to cross from America to Europe in a 20-meter long semi-submersible vessel from stern to bow carrying 3,000 kilos of cocaine on board.

A speedy course in river navigation, two Ecuadorians with nautical experience as crossing colleagues, 20,000 liters of fuel, a . . .

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