Suspected drug trafficker arrested in Brazil

The man was arrested as he tried to board a plane to watch Mexico play against Brazil.

FILE: The man was arrested as he tried to board a plane to watch Mexico play against Brazil. Picture: Stock.XCHNG.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A suspected Mexican drug trafficker wanted in the United States, was arrested in Rio de Janeiro on Monday night as he tried to board a plane to watch Mexico play against Brazil tonight.

Federal police agents detained the 49-year-old man at Rio's international airport as he waited to board a plane to the north-eastern city of Fortaleza. He was not identified.

"He had tickets to go to the Brazil-Mexico game today," the police said in a statement, adding that the man is wanted for methamphetamine trafficking.

Federal police said the man was wanted by Interpol and was detected as soon as he crossed the border from Argentina on June 11.

US authorities were immediately alerted and filed an extradition request.

Before his arrest the man stayed at a hotel in Rio's tourist district with his wife and two children, aged 29 and 17.