Portuguese PJ helps catch “Brazilian Escobar”

Written By Lara Silva

CNN Portugal has reported that the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) in Portugal helped with the investigation that has led to the arrest of a major drug lord from Brazil. Sérgio Roberto de Carvalho, 62 years old, is one of the largest drug traffickers in the world and was arrested on Tuesday in Hungary. 

The “Brazilian Escobar”, according to CNN Portugal, laundered money through million euro investments, predominantly properties that were detained by PJ.

The Portuguese PJ and the Brazilian Federal Police also believe that the 578 kilos of cocaine caught on a private jet in Brazil destined for Tires, Cascais, belonged to Carvalho’s network. It is also believed that the drug trafficker might be behind the attempted purchase of the Portuguese aviation company OMNI to facilitate his operation.

Sérgio Roberto de Carvalho lived hidden in Lisbon for around two years, where PJ seized 12 million euros in cash from him, last November. 

He is one of the most powerful drug traffickers in all of South America. He is the owner of the aviation company Airjetsul which also operated from Tires, Cascais, and was being used to transport drugs, according to CNN Portugal. 

The Brazilian drug lord, Sérgio Roberto de Carvalho is a former military officer.

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