ASUNCION – A reputed mobster who escaped from a Brazilian prison in 2007 was apprehended on Wednesday in the southern Paraguayan city of Encarnacion, authorities said.
The arrest of Marcelo Fernando Pinheiro, a.k.a. Marcelo Piloto, was the result of cooperation among Paraguayan and Brazilian police and the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Paraguay’s Senad counter-narcotics agency said.
Pinheiro, a senior figure in Brazil’s Comando Vermelho (Red Command) crime outfit, was “one of the most wanted drug traffickers in Brazil and the region,” Senad said in a statement.
Besides his leading role in drug trafficking, Pinheiro is suspected of running car-theft rings and his rap sheet includes arrests for armed robbery, aggravated assault and racketeering.
Comando Vermelho dominates the trade in drugs and illegal weapons in Rio de Janeiro.