Monday, June 27, 2022

Major Carvalho 'Brazil's Pablo Escobar' reeled in

Sérgio Roberto De Carvalho, 64 is known as 'Major Carvalho' – a nod to his former career in the Brazilian Army. He was the subject of an Interpol Red Notice for drug trafficking, money laundering, document fraud and homicide. Carvalho was arrested living under a fake identity in Hungary. In 2021, Brazilian police forced the landing of a Turkish jet that had taken off from a small airport in Ribeirao Preto and seized 1.3 tonnes of cocaine. Carvalho was one of the traffickers behind the operation.
The Turkish press asked how a former state-owned jet of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ended up stuffed with drugs and impounded in Brazil.
After being arrested in Spain under a fake name in 2020, Carvalho disappeared. He later faked his own death, sending a certificate to Spanish authorities. Brazilian authorities found numerous assets. Cops seized a van containing 12m euros parked in a Lisbon garage. Much of his operation was run from Dubai, where his right-hand man, Marcelo Maghenzani maintained an office.
Maghenzani was arrested in May 2021.