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Brazilian sergeant smuggled drugs on President’s convoy

A BRAZILIAN Airforce sergeant was arrested on Wednesday (Thursday) for, allegedly, trying to smuggle cocaine aboard the military convoy of President Jair Bolsonaro.

He was found carrying 39kg of the Class A drug at Sevilla airport, after hiding the narcotics inside an Embraer 190 aircraft. It was being used by the Brazilian Air Force to transport military personnel, who were accompanying Bolsonaro on his trip to Japan.

The plane, an emergency back-up for the Brazilian leader, was flying from Brasilia and stopped on the way at Seville Airport, where the sergeant was arrested.

Investigators believe the cocaine’s final destination was Spain, and that the sergeant, and, probably, other soldiers from his unit, were bribed to accept the batch on the official plane.

Bolsonaro and his closest advisers, travelling to Osaka on an Airbus 319 had stopped over in Lisbon.

The controversial leader, who, famously, labelled himself a proud homophobe, said on Twitter that he would collaborate fully with Spanish police.

The suspect, who does not have diplomatic immunity, was being held by the Guardia Civil in the Andalucian capital, and faced a judge yesterday (Thursday).

The embarrassing event occurred after Bolsonaro had vowed to clamp down on drugs in Brazil.

He promised to increase the military’s drug-war role by giving security forces more power to shoot and kill armed criminals. And he is making it easier for everyday citizens to buy guns!

 

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