The boss of a cocaine empire has finally been captured after spending 30 years using plastic surgery to avoid being apprehended by Brazilian police.
Luiz Carlos da Rocha, who earned the nickname ‘White Head’, is believed to be the chief of a huge drug empire in South America.
He has a reported personal fortune of $100m (£77m) from dealing the drug that has ravaged parts of the continent.
Brazilian police say da Rocha was arrested on Saturday in the city of Sorisso in Mato Grosso state.
Da Rocha had changed his name to Vitor Luiz de Moraes and had plastic surgery to alter his facial features, but police compared old photographs with his current appearance and concluded they had apprehended the right person.
The operation to catch him – Operation Spectrum – saw 150 agents carry out two dozen raids, during which they seized $10million (£7.7million) worth of luxury cars, planes and property including farms.
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