An $87,000 helicopter whose registered owner is a Brazilian police officer was found crashed with 660 pounds of cocaine on board – but the cop denies having anything to do with it.
According to Brazilian online news portal
The Federal Police searched the area but were unable to locate any of the suspects that may have been aboard the helicopter, whose illicit cargo has a street value of $1.3 million.
A police officer in Mato Grosso, Brazil, searches a helicopter after it crashed Sunday. The chopper, which was listed as being owned by Ronney Barbosa, a cop assigned to the Federal District Civil Police
Barbosa said he sold the chopper on May 25, and that the aircraft’s new owner had yet to add their name to public ownership records
The aircraft interior’s did not provide any clues that would have confirmed if any injuries may have been suffered by those onboard.
It is unclear how many people were inside it when it crashed, and what happened to them. No arrests have been made.
Authorities recovered at least five plastic wrapped packages with the cocaine inside.
The massive shipment had a street value of $1.3 million and was transferred to the Federal Police headquarter in Cuiabá.
G1 reported that the helicopter, a Robinson R-44 model, was purchased was previously owned by Ronney Barbosa, who is assigned to the Civil Police in the Federal District.
The helicopter, valued approximately $87,000, was equipped to carry up to three people with a payload capacity of 340 kilos (749 pounds). Authorities discovered 300 kilos of cocaine at the crash site
The massive shipment had a street value of $1.3 million and was transferred to the Federal Police headquarter in Cuiabá
The cop, who makes an average of $2,300 a month, or a salary of $27,000 USD annually, said he purchased the helicopter over a year ago, but was unable to cover its registration cost.
He sold the helicopter to a man in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul on May 25. That man’s name has not been shared, and a phone number given to contact him connected to a device that had been turned off.
According to Barbosa, the helicopter had not been cleared for flights.
‘I have all the documents for the sale of the helicopter, I made the transfer on my part. But this process is the same when selling a car,’ he explained. ‘If the buyer doesn’t go there and make the transfer for him, too, it remains in my name.’
The helicopter, valued approximately $87,000, was equipped to carry up to three people with a payload capacity of 749 pounds (340 kilos).