Portugal’s Judiciary Police (PJ) and the Foreigners and Borders Service arrested two drug couriers at Lisbon airport on Wednesday carrying 6.5 kilos of cocaine.
The first detainee, a Brazilian national, was caught by the PJ when coming in on a flight from Fortaleza. The man was carrying 4.5 kilos of cocaine concealed in packs of bed sheets, Portuguese media reported on Friday.
Hours later on the same day, the Foreigners and Borders Service arrested a second drug courier, who was also from Brazil.
With an interdiction measure in the Schengen area until the end of 2019, the suspect was caught with two kilos of cocaine rolled up in his legs. He was taken for questioning on Thursday afternoon.
Last month, Portugal’s Public Security Police (PSP) at Lisbon’s international airport detained a 29-year-old man, who, by his own initiative, handed over to the police “several pellets of cocaine” that he had concealed on his person.
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At around 9PM on Saturday, September 15, the 29-year-old man went to the PSP at Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport and delivered several pellets of cocaine while “expressing regret,” according to multiple Portuguese media sources.
The man was then detained and attended to clinically, which led the PSP to uncover a total of 72 pellets of cocaine, which is enough for more than five thousand doses, according to the multiple reports.
He was detained in the Portuguese capital while en route to the Netherlands, beginning his journey initially in Brazil.
Earlier this month, at least five members of Portugal’s Military Judiciary Police and the Republican National Guard were arrested in connection with a weapons heist that occurred last year in the central parish of Tancos.
Among those arrested in the operation dubbed “Operation Hubris” was the director of Portugal’s Military Judiciary Police, Colonel Luís Vieira, according to a report in TSF on Tuesday.
According to the same source, the investigation is related to the mounting scenario regarding the discovery and recovery of the weapons that had been stolen in Tancos in June, 2017.
According to the BBC, among the weapons stolen were:
- 1,450 9mm ammunition cartridges
- 150 hand grenades
- 44 anti-tank grenades
- 18 tear gas grenades
- 102 explosive charges
- 264 pieces of plastic explosive
Most of the weapons stolen in Tancos were found on October 18, 2017, in the region of Chamusca.