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Brazilian President’s guard arrested with 39 kg cocaine on board


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

39-kilogram cocaine found on a plane carrying a military troupe to protect Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro while attending the G20 summit in Japan.

Following the discovery, a Brazilian Air Force official was arrested when the plane stopped in Seville, Spain.

“He was found to have cocaine in a baggage weighing 39 kilograms.

“He was arrested for suspected drug trafficking and was in custody at our headquarters in Seville waiting to be brought to court,” spokesman of the Spanish law enforcement agency said.

He was then named Sergeant Silva Rodrigues, 38, by Brazilian television network RecordTV.

The plane, which took off ahead of Bolsonaro, brought the assigned military delegation to protect the president at the Tokyo summit.

Bolsonaro confirmed the arrest in a statement, saying he was informed of the matter by the Defense Minister.

“I immediately instructed the Defense Minister to work with the Spanish police to find the facts and cooperate with each level of inquiry, and will launch an investigation by the military police.

“If found guilty of a crime, he will be tried and convicted under law,” Bolsonaro said.

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