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Brazilian authorities arrest local mayor for helping drug trafficking ring

July 28, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Brazilian authorities arrest local mayor for helping drug trafficking ring

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Authorities in Brazil have arrested the mayor of a metropolitan city in the region of Rio de Janeiro for his alleged role in a drug trafficking ring.

Brazilian officials said Carlos Moraes Costa, the mayor of Japeri, was arrested on Friday.

According to reports, Costa used his position as mayor protect and support a drug trafficking operation run by a criminal gang based in the slums of the city’s Guandu complex.

Along with the mayor, authorities also arrested local city councilman Claudio Jose da Silva was also arrested.

Additionally, police have implicated city council president Wesley George de Oliveira in the drug trafficking ring and currently remains at large.

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