Drug money financed Brazilian politicians, Feds believe

Brazil's Pablo Escobar drug politics

Man connected to Brazil’s Pablo Escobar was arrested

Brazil’s Federal Police might have discovered a connection between Brazil’s most prominent cocaine dealer and high profile politicians. This connection would be Carlos Alexandre de Souza, a.k.a. Ceará, a money launderer who worked for the Brazilian equivalent of Pablo Escobar – and alleged paid bribes to politicians.

“We know that drug money went to politicians. What we’re investigating is if [the politicians] were aware of it,” said detective Elvis Secco. Ceará was arrested on Tuesday during an anti-drug operation, along with seven other people.

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Gustavo Ribeiro

An award-winning journalist with experience covering Brazilian politics and international affairs. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets.