Bags weighing 39kg filled with cocaine were discovered on a military plane travelling with the president of Brazil to the G20 summit on Tuesday.
The bags of cocaine was allegedly planted there by a Brazilian air force member.
The Brazilian air force officer was detained when the plane was making a stopover in Seville, Spain, before heading to this week’s G20 summit in Tokyo, Japan.
The officer has however been “suspected of transporting narcotic substances,” the Brazilian Defence Military said in a statement to CNN, which prompted officials to search the plane.
Spanish police said cocaine was found in suitcases. The drugs amount to approximately 39 kilograms.
Military personnel were travelling with the president as protection. In a tweet, President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed he had been briefed on the arrest and called the incident “unacceptable.” He called for an “immediate investigation and severe punishment.”
“The Defense Ministry informs that, on Tuesday June 25th, an Air Force officer suspected of transporting narcotic substances was detained in the Seville airport in Spain,” the statement said. “We are investigating the facts and are launching a military police inquiry.”
The officer who was in possession of the bags of cocaine found on the Brazil president ‘s plane was identified as 38-year-old Sergeant Silva Rodrigues, according to CNN affiliate Record TV.
President Jair Bolsonaro, who was traveling on a separate plane, reacted to the arrest late Tuesday via Twitter. Bolsonaro said he asked the Defense Ministry to cooperate with Spanish authorities and that, if proven guilty, the officer will “be judged and convicted by law.”