Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Spaniard Detained for Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Activity on Three Continents

Posted on June 28, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Crime, Drug Activity, Police/Military Activity

Terra reported on June 27, 2013 that a Spaniard living in Brazil since 2009 was detained in Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, accused of drug trafficking on three different continents as well money laundering. Federal police arrested the suspect, Oliver Martin Ortiz da Zarate, during Operation Monte Perdido with the help of Portuguese and Australian police as well as U.S. DEA agents. During the arrest, the federal police confiscated R$20 million in cash and in property. The suspect owned a mansion, a Ferrari, multiple cars, and a gym in Rio de Janeiro. He can face 3-10 years of imprisonment.Read Article

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