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39 kilos of cocaine in the presidential convoy

39 kilos of cocaine in the presidential convoy

Yesterday, 38-year-old Air Force Sergeant Manoel Silva Rodrigues was arrested in Seville with 39 kilos of cocaine in his hand luggage. He was a flight attendant in presidential convoys, and part of a backup team accompanying President Jair Bolsonaro to this year’s G20 Summit in Osaka. The case exposed worrisome security problems—and could reveal a wider network of drug trafficking using Air Force planes. As Vice President Hamilton Mourão said, “[the sergeant] didn’t buy 39 kilos of cocaine on the corner, for personal consumption.”

The arrested officer has...

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