BUENOS AIRES – A fugitive suspected in the deadly April 24 robbery of a security firm in Paraguay was apprehended on Friday in the northern Argentine province of Corrientes, the Security Ministry said.
The suspect, whose name was not released, is thought to have led the roughly 50 Brazilians who made off with $12 million from the Prosegur office in the border city of Ciudad del Este, the ministry said in a statement.
Police nabbed the fugitive as he was attempting to flee Argentina aboard a boat on the Parana River.
The suspect was reputedly the top lieutenant of a Brazilian drug lord, the ministry said.
Officials in Paraguay blamed the robbery on the First Capital Command (PCC), a criminal organization based in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city.
About 50 heavily armed PCC members participated in the heist, which left a police officer dead and another officer and two civilians wounded.
The PCC controls drug and weapons trafficking in the slums of Sao Paulo and other Brazilian cities.
PCC leaders reportedly run the outfit from the prisons of Sao Paulo state, and the gang has become Brazil’s largest crime group.
The PCC, also known as the “crime party,” first attracted attention in February 2001, when it launched coordinated uprisings in 29 Sao Paulo prisons that left 30 dead and went on for three days.