Senator’s cousin arrested in Federal Police drug bust

Senator Davi Alcolumbre
Senator Davi Alcolumbre. Photo: Jefferson Rudy/SF/CC-BY 4.0

During search and seizure operations this morning in the northern Brazilian state of Amapá, Federal Police agents arrested Isaac Alcolumbre, cousin of former Senate President (and current head of the chamber’s Constitution and Justice Committee) Davi Alcolumbre

He was apprehended on suspicion of taking part in a vast criminal network based in Amapá, operating covert flights around Brazil and to and from drug supplying countries such as Colombia and Venezuela.

The Federal Police operation began in May 2020, when investigations in Amapá noted suspicious flights of small planes coming in and out of the state, as well as finding discarded parts of presumed “narco aircraft.” 

His cousin, Davi Alcolumbre, is currently engaged in a standoff with the Bolsonaro government, which is hoping to confirm the appointment of former Justice Minister André Mendonça to a vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Mr. Alcolumbre is in charge of scheduling Mr. Mendonça’s confirmation hearing, but has sat on the matter for months — allegedly wanting to stall the process until after next year’s election.