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Fugitive Brazilian cocaine boss captured in Maputo hotel after 20 years on the run

By Reuters Time of article published Apr 19, 2020

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Maputo - Mozambique on

Sunday expelled a fugitive Brazilian cocaine trafficker

following his arrest this week, a case that underlines the

growing global reach of Brazil's so-called First Capital Command

(PCC) gang, officials said.

Gilberto Aparecido dos Santos, aka "Fuminho," had been on

the run for more than 20 years after escaping from a Brazilian

prison until his capture in a luxury hotel in Maputo on Tuesday.

He was one of Brazil's most-wanted fugitives, police said.

Mozambique's interior ministry said in a statement that dos

Santos had been expelled for having entered the southeast

African country illegally. Dos Santos was using a false

passport, Brazil's federal police have said.

"The expulsion order was given to the citizen and carried out

by the national migration service," the Mozambique Interior

Ministry statement said.

Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro confirmed Dos Santos'

expulsion later on Sunday in a Twitter post that included a

photo of the Brazilian Air Force jet that returned him to

Brazil. Moro said dos Santos would head to a federal jail,

without specifying which one.

"A big hit against organized crime," Moro said.

Originally formed as a prison gang in Sao Paulo, the PCC has

spread across Brazil and is increasingly moving cocaine

overseas, especially to Europe and Africa, authorities said. Dos

Santos was one of the gang's most important cocaine brokers, the

federal police said, and crucial to its international business.

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