Tuesday 26 September 2017

Brazilian police arrest drug lord who used plastic surgery to evade capture

Brazilian police have arrested a notorious drugs trafficker
Brazilian police have arrested a notorious drugs trafficker

Brazilian police have captured a drug lord who used plastic surgery to evade authorities for nearly three decades.

Luiz Carlos da Rocha, who was known as White Head, was arrested on Saturday in the state of Mato Grosso. He has been sentenced by Brazilian courts to more than 50 years in prison for international drug trafficking and money laundering.

Police said Rocha's cartel produced cocaine in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia and exported it to Europe and the United States via Brazil and Paraguay. In Brazil alone, police estimate Rocha brought in five tonnes of cocaine per month.

Police also seized approximately 10 million dollars (£7.7m) worth of the drug baron's assets, including planes, properties and luxury cars.

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