Four French Nationals Arrested for Drug Trafficking in Brazil

By Dialogo
August 16, 2013

Four French individuals were arrested on August 13 in the Salvador de Bahia Airport (northeast), while attempting to smuggle about 19 kilos of cocaine to Europe, the Federal Police and the French Consulate in Brasilia reported.



The police said that the drug was found in double-bottomed suitcases that were shipped by a French couple that attempted to board a flight towards Brussels, with a layover in Lisbon.



“The other couple we arrested was identified through INFRAERO’s (the state-owned airport management company) security cameras, since they escorted the other two to boarding and then waited for the flight to take off at the airport,” the police said in a statement.



When he was questioned by the police, the man waiting for the flight’s departure with a woman, said that he had bought the tickets for the other couple to smuggle the drugs into Europe, the statement added.



The four individuals are accused of international drug trafficking, and they may be sentenced to between two to seven years of imprisonment.










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