Brazil nabs former Hezbollah member wanted for drug trafficking

July 29, 2016 20:17

In a continued roundup of suspects linked to terrorism ahead of the Rio Olympics, Brazilian police said Friday they had arrested a Lebanese man who was a former member of the militant group Hezbollah and wanted for drug trafficking.

Fadi Hassan Nabha, 42, was arrested late Thursday at his home in Caieiras, a suburb of Sao Paulo, on orders from the justice ministry that has been seeking to expel him from Brazil, a spokesman for the military police said.

"We have been looking for him since May because he was wanted for drug traffic, not terrorism," the spokesman Augusto Roque told Reuters. Nabha had served in Hezbollah's special services and had weapons and explosives training, he said.

Nabha, a Lebanese citizen, had been on Interpol's wanted list since 2013 for drug trafficking. Brazil's Federal Police declined to comment on his connection to Hezbollah.

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