Fugitive cocaine boss expelled from Mozambique

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Mozambique expelled a fugitive Brazilian cocaine trafficker following his arrest in a case underlining 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 captured in a luxury hotel in Maputo on14  April 14. He was one of Brazil’s “most-wanted” fugitives, police said.

Mozambique’s interior ministry said in a statement dos Santos was expelled for entering the country illegally. Dos Santos used a false passport, Brazil federal police said.

Given the speed of his departure from Mozambique, it was unclear if he was extradited or expelled. At the time of Dos Santos’ arrest, Mozambique’s Criminal Investigations Services said Brazil had 40 days to submit an extradition request.

“The expulsion order was given to the citizen and carried out by the national migration service,” the interior ministry statement said.

Brazilian media reported dos Santos left Mozambique on Sunday morning in a Brazilian Air Force plane bound for Brazil. The operation was in secret for security reasons, reports said.

Originally formed as a prison gang in Sao Paulo, PCC 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, federal police said, and crucial to its international operations.