A 39kg of cocaine has been discovered inside the backup aircraft of the Brazil President, Jair Bolsonaro by the Spanish Government
Spanish Police found and seized cocaine from a Brazilian air force officer who was due to accompany President Jair Bolsonaro home from the G20 summit in Japan.
The officer was detained in Seville, Spain, when the back-up plane travelling to Osaka made a stop-over, a statement released by the Brazilian defence ministry said.
It said: “The defence ministry informs that, on Tuesday 25 June, an air force officer suspected of transporting narcotic substances was detained in Seville airport in Spain. “The military man is detained at the disposal of the Spanish authorities. The aeronautics command established a military police inquiry (IPM) to determine all the circumstances of the case.
“Measures to prevent such illicit acts are adopted on a regular basis. In view of this, these measures will be strengthened.”
Mr. Bolsonaro was travelling on a separate plane and reacted to the arrest on Tuesday on Twitter, saying he had asked the defence ministry to cooperate with Spanish authorities.
He said: “I immediately ordered the defence minister to cooperate with Spanish police to establish the facts and cooperate with every stage of the investigation, and to launch an investigation by the military police.
Earlier this month, Bolsonaro enacted drug policy designed to toughen penalties for traffickers and require users to undergo rehabilitation at private or religious centres.
The new rules raise the minimum prison sentence for traffickers who lead criminal organisations from five to eight years. In addition, they reinforce the role of therapeutic communities.
Specialists have argued the legislation moves Brazil in the opposite direction of many countries that try to approach addiction as a health issue.
Drug users in the country previously had to agree to hospital admission, but the law now allows involuntary rehabilitation upon the recommendation of a relative or public health official.
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