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Brazilian police arrest alleged Mexican drug trafficker en route to World Cup

by Take Two®

A Mexican man suspected of trafficking methamphetamine was arrested in Brazil this week.

Brazilian federal police tracked down Jose Diaz-Barajas on Monday in an operation that involved FIFA and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (or DEA).

According to Brazilian authorities, Diaz-Barajas, who is obviously a soccer fan, had traveled to Brazil with his wife and two children to attend Tuesday's match between Mexico and Brazil. What tipped authorities off? He bought tickets using his real name.

Mike Vigil, the former head of international operations for the DEA and author of the forthcoming book "DEAL," says it's not the first time a drug kingpin has been captured at a sporting event. 

 

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