86 POUNDS OF COCAINE FOUND ON PLANE OF BRAZIL’S ANTI-DRUG PRESIDENT JAIR BOLSONARO


Spanish police arrested an unidentified Brazilian air force officer who was traveling on one of Brazil's presidential planes headed to the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, after finding 86 pounds of cocaine in the officer's carry-on bag during a layover in Seville, El Pais reports. Brazil's Defense Ministry confirmed the arrest, and in a tweet Wednesday, President Jair Bolsonaro vowed an "immediate investigation and severe punishment of the person responsible for the narcotic material found" on the plane.


"Bolsonaro was elected on a populist platform with a mandate to be tough on crime, vowing to take a hardline approach to drug traffickers," Axiosnotes. Bolsonaro was not on this presidential plane — it was headed to Osaka in advance, to be used as his reserve plane.


Originally, Bolsonaro was supposed to also have a stopover in Seville en route to Osaka, but late Wednesday night his itinerary was changed and his layover was moved to Lisbon.


“The president's press department did not explain the reason behind the change, or whether it was related to the discovery of the drugs being carried in the backup plane," El Pais reports.

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