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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, known for his firm policy of legality and order, has begun his journey to Japan for the G20 summit of an inconvenient note after a member of the avant-garde crew was accused of having cocaine in your luggage.
Police arrested the crew in Seville, Spain, on Tuesday after a Brazilian air force plane left Japan. The Spanish authorities say the crew, identified by the Brazilian and Spanish media, is a sergeant. Manoel Silva Rodriguez wore 39 kilos of cocaine – 86 kilograms. According to the Spanish edition ABC, the drug is divided into 37 blocks – and the crew told the civilian guards to bring cheese.
The president followed a separate plane that reportedly changed its route after Rodriguez's arrest to avoid Seville and instead to stop in Lisbon, Portugal, according to the Brazilian Bulletin Folha de S. Paulo . ]
Rodriguez served as a flight manager who worked tens of times internationally, including trips to three different Brazilian presidents, according to Falchas . In an arrest note, the Brazilian Air Force says that when Bolsanero returns to Brazil, his plane will not pass through Seville, but through Seattle in the United States
In response to the news, Bolsonarro stressed that cocaine arrest is not related to his personal team. But he writes that the incident is "unacceptable" and requires investigation and strict punishment.
Apisar has nothing to do with an espresso-colored episode, with built-in water. Exigi investigação imediata e punição severa and responsible pelo material entorpecente encontrado nu avião da FAB.
– Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) 26 June 2019
"We will not tolerate such disrespect for our country!" The president said .
The presence of drugs on a Brazilian military plane is a blow to Bolsanaro, "who was elected on promise to tackle crime – especially in the Brazilian cocaine industry," Philip of NRP Reeves reports from Rio de Janeiro. "The president is also a former army captain who often praises his military for professionalism.
The discovery of the large stock of illicit drugs raised concerns about the safety of the President's travel records, as well as questions about whether the accused crew member may have worked with other people.
Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Morao said it was clear that the crew was working with smugglers. "Obviously, given the amount of medicine he brought, he did not buy it on the corner and brought it, did not he?" Murao told reporters in the capital, Brazil. " He worked like a mule, a well-qualified mule, let's say."