The federal police investigate the scheme that involved the transport of cocaine inside the fuselage of executive jets. The warrants are carried out in Brazil and Portugal
Former Secretary for Science, Technology and Innovation of Mato Grosso, Nilton Borges Borgatto (PSD) was arrested this morning (19) by the Federal Police on charges of participating in a international drug trafficking that sends cocaine to Portugal inside the aircraft fuselage.
Borgatto was arrested in the apartment he lives in, in the Jardim Aclimação neighborhood, in Cuiabá. Nilton assumed the State Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation in January 2019 and stepped down in March this year to become a pre-candidate for the Federal Deputy PSD.
The former secretary was also mayor of Glória D’Oeste, a city 309 km from Cuiabá, on the border with Bolivia, municipal secretary in Porto Esperidião from 2001 to 2008 and president of the Inter-municipal Health Consortium from 2009 to 2012, as well as councilor special of the vice-government, from 2017 to 2018.
The politician was arrested on Tuesday as part of the operation launched by the PF. The agents carry out 43 search and seizure warrants and seven preventive arrest warrants in the states of Bahia, San Paolo, Mato Grosso, Rondônia and Pernambuco, in the Operação Descobrimento, for involving actions in Portugal.
In the European country, with the monitoring of the federal police, the Portuguese police carry out three search and seizure warrants and two preventive arrest warrants in the cities of Porto and Braga.
The investigations began with the kidnapping in Salvador
The investigation began in February 2021, when a Dassault Falcon 900 business jet, belonging to a Portuguese air taxi company, landed at Salvador International Airport (BA) to refuel. After being inspected, around 595 kg of cocaine were found hidden in the aircraft’s fuselage.
Since the seizure, the Federal Police has managed to identify the structure of the criminal organization operating in both countries, consisting of cocaine suppliers, aeronautical and auxiliary mechanics (responsible for opening the aircraft fuselage to store the narcotic), transporters (responsible flight) and money changers (responsible for the financial operations of the group).
The judicial orders were issued by the 2nd Federal Court of El Salvador and the Portuguese Justice. The Brazilian justice has also decreed measures of arrest, confiscation of assets and freezing of values in the bank accounts used by the suspects.
In the course of the investigation, the PF availed itself of the collaboration of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration, the US anti-drug agency, and of the National Unit for Combating Drug Trafficking of the Portuguese Judicial Police).
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