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Hungary hands over Brazilian drug trafficker to Belgian authorities

The Hungarian authorities on Thursday handed over a Brazilian national arrested in Budapest last summer on charges of drug trafficking and other crimes to Belgium, the police said on its website.

The 54-year-old drug lord smuggled at least 45 tonnes of cocaine between 2017 and 2019 alone. Hungarian police apprehended him after information received form international law-enforcement partners, police noted.

After his arrest, he remained in custody during the extradition procedure.

He was handed over to the Belgian authorities at Liszt Ferenc International Airport on June 15 in line with the strictest security regulations and a precise action plan prepared by the National Investigation Bureau (NNI), police said.

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