HomeNewsBriefBrazil Arrests 23 'Cocaine Mules' Traveling to Angola
BRIEF

Brazil Arrests 23 'Cocaine Mules' Traveling to Angola

BRAZIL / 20 JUL 2011 BY JEN SOKATCH EN

Some 23 Nigerian nationals were arrested in Brazil's São Paulo airport, where they were trying to take a flight to Angola. They were allegedly carrying large quantities of cocaine.

Staff became suspicious of the men's nervous demeanour, and decided to put them through an x-ray machine.

The men were found to have ingested cocaine-filled capsules, and one was carrying a suitcase with nearly eight kilos of the drug, according to authorities.

According to the UNODC, some of the cocaine trafficked to Africa is meant for both local consumption, while some is taken onwards to European markets. Angola is Portuguese-speaking, making it easier for Brazilian traffickers to do business with local criminal groups.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

BRAZIL / 9 NOV 2020

Paraguayan authorities have announced historic sanctions against a major Brazilian bank in the latest case of Latin American governments cracking…

BRAZIL / 22 MAR 2012

The market for crack cocaine is booming in Brazil, and may already be bringing in major profits for organized crime…

BRAZIL / 4 JUN 2012

A recent joint air force exercise is supposed to herald a new era of border security cooperation between Brazil and…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela El Dorado Investigation Makes Headlines

3 DEC 2021

InSight Crime's investigation into the trafficking of illegal gold in Venezuela's Amazon region generated impact on both social media and in the press. Besides being republished and mentioned by several…

THE ORGANIZATION

Gender and Investigative Techniques Focus of Workshops

26 NOV 2021

On November 23-24, InSight Crime conducted a workshop called “How to Cover Organized Crime: Investigation Techniques and A Focus on Gender.” The session convened reporters and investigators from a dozen…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Names Two New Board Members

19 NOV 2021

In recent weeks, InSight Crime added two new members to its board. Joy Olson is the former executive director of the Washington Office on Latin America…

THE ORGANIZATION

Senate Commission in Paraguay Cites InSight Crime

12 NOV 2021

InSight Crime’s reporting and investigations often reach the desks of diplomats, security officials and politicians. The latest example occurred in late October during a commission of Paraguay's Senate that tackled…

THE ORGANIZATION

Backing Investigative Journalism Around the Globe

5 NOV 2021

InSight Crime was a proud supporter of this year's Global Investigative Journalism Conference, which took place November 1 through November 5 and convened nearly 2,000 journalists…