This morning (24th) federal police served a warrant for the arrest of a 33-year-old Nigerian man accused of being responsible for a shipment of five tons of cocaine, found in October last year at the Port of Rio de Janeiro. “This is the biggest seizure ever carried out in Rio de Janeiro and one of the biggest in the country”, said federal delegate Geraldo Almeida.
The warrant for Operation Maputo was served at Guarulhos International Airport, in São Paulo, at the time the accused was disembarking in Brazil. “The investigation, in charge of the Police Station for Repression of Drugs in Rio de Janeiro, had the support of the anti-drug agency of the United States and of Interpol”, stated Almeida.
The prisoner had already been included on Interpol’s red list and had been located by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last week in Barbados, an island in the southern Caribbean.
The Maputo operation, whose name refers to the capital of Mozambique, which would be the destination of the seized drug, also fulfills three search and seizure warrants in the state of São Paulo, in addition to an order to restrict the prisoner’s bank accounts in the amount of Rs. $2 million.