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Notorious drug kingpin arrested

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Health Desk: July 2, 2017-- Brazilian police have captured a notorious drug kingpin who used plastic surgery to evade capture for almost 30 years.

Luiz Carlos da Rocha - nicknamed "White Head" - is believed to be the leader of a massive cocaine empire in South America.

Federal police said sentences handed down to Rocha amount to more than 50 years of prison time.

Police said he was "a criminal who lived discreetly and in the shadows".

Rocha was arrested in Sorriso, in the western state of Mato Grosso, on Saturday, a police statement said.

Brazilian police said his organisation was known to be violent, making use of armed escorts, armoured cars, and heavy weapons.

Officers believe Rocha's wealth is closer to $100m, and say they will seek to seize the rest of his assets in the second phase of the operation.

 

Courtesy: BBC