Brazilian Sergio Roberto de Carvalho, known as “Major Carvalho” and considered “one of the biggest international drug traffickers today”, was arrested this Tuesday in Budapest, the Brazilian Federal Police said.
The also nicknamed “Escobar Brasileiro” was on Interpol’s red list, accused of leading a “criminal organization” dedicated to sending drugs to Europe, and in 2020 he even faked his death in Spain to escape justice in that country. .
Authorities suspect that “Major Carvalho”, a former military policeman from the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, runs a cartel that since 2017 has shipped at least 45 tonnes of cocaine from Brazil to ports in Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy and France.
The Hungarian police captured him today in Budapest, in an operation that involved the collaboration of security agencies from several countries, according to a note from the Federal Police of Brazil.
The trafficker was carrying a false Mexican passport and did not put up any resistance at the time of his arrest, according to Brazilian media.
The “Major Carvalho” has managed to escape the European authorities in recent years.
In 2018, he was arrested in Spain, where he had taken refuge under the name Paul Wouter, on the charge of being the owner of a batch of 1,700 kilos of cocaine seized on a ship bound for the Galicia region.
However, he was able to respond to the trial in freedom after posting bail and, as the trial approached, he faked his own death with a fraudulent death certificate, which he allegedly obtained from a doctor who is under investigation and which he ended up with. lead to the abandonment of the case.
“Major Carvalho” is also accused of large-scale money laundering. Investigations suggest that his organization actually laundered money through the purchase of medical equipment to fight the coronavirus pandemic.