Officer on trip with Brazil President Bolsonaro to G-20 summit caught with 86 pounds of cocaine

Officer on trip with Brazil President Bolsonaro to G-20 summit caught with 86 pounds of cocaine
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An officer traveling with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the Group of 20 summit in Japan was arrested after he was caught with more than 80 pounds of cocaine.

NPR reports police arrested Sgt. Manoel Silva Rodrigues in Seville, Spain, Tuesday after the Brazilian Air Force plane made a stop on its way to the summit.

Bolsonaro was on a separate plane following behind but changed its route following the arrest.

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Rodrigues was reportedly carrying 86 pounds of cocaine that was split up into 37 different blocks. He told local authorities that it was cheese and not drugs.

The Brazilian Defense Ministry put out a statement confirming the arrest and noted that it is investigating the incident.

Bolsonaro in a tweet Wednesday stressed that the arrest was not related to his team, calling the incident “unacceptable.”

"We will not tolerate such disrespect to our country!” he wrote.

Bolsonaro is known for his hard-line stances on drug trafficking and promised during his presidential campaign to crack down on Brazil's organized crime and illegal drug trade, particularly cocaine.

Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourão said he was certain Rodrigues was operating with drug smugglers.

"It's obvious that, given the quantity of the drug he was bringing, he didn't buy it on the corner and bring it, right?" Mourão said from Brazil's capital, according to NPR. "He was working as a mule. A well-qualified mule, let's say."