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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Alleged Drug Kingpin ‘Major Carvalho’ Arrested in Hungary

A man considered to be one of the biggest international drug traffickers has been arrested in Hungary, thanks to cooperation via INTERPOL.

Wanted internationally by Brazil’s Federal Police since 2020, Sérgio Roberto De Carvalho, aged 64 and known as “Major Carvalho” – a nod to his former career in the Brazilian Army, was the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for drug trafficking, money laundering, document fraud and homicide, with strong links to organized crime.

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 MT of cocaine. Documents obtained by German news source, Deutsche Welle, indicated that Carvalho was one of the traffickers behind the operation.

INTERPOL’s Secretary General Jürgen Stock said, “This is another example of successful international policing. The INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Brasilia and Budapest are to be commended for their close collaboration which has put a dangerous suspect in police custody.”

The case was conducted in cooperation with INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit, which facilitated information exchange across three continents, including details of possible travel documents and aliases used by the wanted fugitive.

Read the announcement at INTERPOL

Kylie Bielby
Kylie Bielby has more than 20 years' experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. Before joining GTSC's Homeland Security Today staff, she was an editor and contributor for Jane's, and a columnist and managing editor for security and counter-terror publications.

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