The Brazilian drug lord who used plastic surgery to change his face and avoid capture has been arrested after 30 years on the lam.
Federal police arrested Luiz Carlos da Rocha at his home in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso Saturday after a three-decade hunt for the cocaine mogul, who trafficked the drug from Colombia, Peru and Bolivia to Europe and the United States through Brazil and Paraguay.
To evade capture, Rocha even underwent plastic surgery and changed his name to Vitor Luiz de Moraes, but investigators compared “photographic data with the old facial characteristics of Luiz Carlos da Rocha and the current identity photograph of Vitor Luiz de Moraes, and concluded that Luiz Carlos da Rocha and Vitor Luiz are the same person,” the Daily Mail reported.
Over 24 raids using a total 150 agents, officials seized $10 million in assets — including planes, properties, and luxury cars — from the drug lord, who is reportedly worth nearly $100 million.
Next officials plan to go after the rest of Rocha’s assets, which includes property and offshore bank accounts.Rocha passed 5 tons of cocaine a month through Brazil alone, police there estimated.
He was sentenced by Brazilian courts to more than 50 years in prison for international drug trafficking and money laundering.