Mozambique on Sunday expelled a fugitive Brazilian cocaine trafficker following his arrest this week, a case that underlines the rising world attain of Brazil’s so-called First Capital Command (PCC) gang, officers stated.
Gilberto Aparecido dos Santos, aka “Fuminho,” had been on the run for greater than 20 years after escaping from a Brazilian jail till his seize in a luxurious resort in Maputo on Tuesday. His seize was the results of a global sting operation that included brokers from Brazil, Mozambique and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Dos Santos was one in all Brazil’s most-wanted fugitives, police stated.
Mozambique’s inside ministry stated in a press release that dos Santos had been expelled for having entered the southeast African nation illegally. Dos Santos was utilizing a false passport, Brazil’s federal police have stated. “The expulsion order was given to the citizen and carried out by the nationwide migration service,” the Mozambique Interior Ministry assertion stated.
Brazil’s Justice Minister Sergio Moro confirmed dos Santos’ expulsion later on Sunday in a Twitter put up that included a photograph of the Brazilian Air Force jet that returned him to Brazil. Moro stated dos Santos would head to a federal jail, with out specifying which one. Dozens of law enforcement officials accompanied him on board.
“A giant hit in opposition to organized crime,” Moro stated.
Dos Santos is an alleged chief of the PCC, thought-about to be Brazil’s prime legal gang wielding management over cocaine provide routes from Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.
Originally fashioned as a jail gang in Sao Paulo, the PCC has unfold throughout Brazil and is more and more transferring cocaine abroad, particularly to Europe and Africa, authorities stated. Dos Santos was one of many gang’s most vital cocaine brokers, the federal police stated, and essential to its worldwide enterprise.
The gang’s chief, Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho, is serving a sentence of greater than 200 years in a maximum-security jail within the capital Brasilia.
Dos Santos is accused, amongst different issues, of financing a plot to assist Camacho escape, police stated.
Dos Santos, who had arrived in Mozambique in mid-March, was arrested at a luxurious resort in Maputo, together with two Nigerian nationals, in accordance to the Mozambican authorities.
Police recovered a pretend Brazilian passport, 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of hashish, 15 cell phones and a automotive, in addition to money equal to round $800 in Mozambican and South African forex.
Brazil had issued a global arrest warrant for dos Santos two years in the past.
Police in Mozambique stated once they introduced his arrest that they had been investigating whether or not there have been different gang members within the nation.