Two Nigerians have been arrested alongside one of Brazil’s most wanted criminals and drug lords in Mozambique.
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The two Nigerians, whose names were nor disclosed by the Mozambican authorities, were arrested with Gilberto “Fuminho” Aparecido dos Santos at the Montebelo Indy, a luxury hotel in Maputo, the country’s capital.
According to the authorities, one of the Nigerians held a Mozambican visitor’s visa while the other had a temporary residence visa.
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Dos Santos, leader of the First Capital Command, was arrested during an international sting that included agents from Brazil, Mozambique and the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Brazilian, accused of running international cocaine operations, had arrived in Mozambique mid-March, Leonardo Simbine, the country’s police spokesperson said on Tuesday.
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Simbine added: “He (Dos Santos) does not operate alone, he is part of a gang. We are still investigating whether there are other gang members in Mozambique.”
He is accused of shipping tonnes of cocaine around the world, the Brazilian federal police said in a statement.
The Mozambican recovered a fake Brazilian passport, 100 grammes (3.5 ounces) of cannabis, 15 mobile phones and a car, as well as cash equivalent to around $800 (700 euros) in Mozambican and South African currency.
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Mozambican police, however, said it was still too early to speak of dos Santos possibly being extradited to Brazil to be tried.
Brazil issued an international arrest warrant two years ago. Police said there was no evidence that dos Santos had previously been to Mozambique.
“The accused was considered the largest cocaine supplier” for the PCC, and had been on the run for more than 20 years, the Brazilian Police said.
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The PCC is considered Brazil’s top criminal gang, wielding control over cocaine supply routes from Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.