Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil officer traveling with Bolsonaro to G20 arrested for cocaine haul

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro looks on during the Copa America Brazil 2019 Opening Ceremony on June 14, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted Wednesday he's launched an investigation after an officer traveling in a presidential plane to the G20 summit in Japan was found with 86 pounds of cocaine when he stopped off in Spain.

Details: El Pais first reported a Brazilian Air Force officer traveling with Bolsonaro's G20 contingent was arrested at Spain's Seville airport. Authorities said they found the packages in his hand luggage, per El Pais.

Brazil's economic woes mean more bad news for Jair Bolsonaro

Bolsonaro. Photo: Evaristo SA/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil’s economy contracted in the first quarter of 2019, raising the prospect of another recession in Latin America’s largest country, per the BBC.

Why it matters: This is more bad news for President Jair Bolsonaro, who had promised to revive an economy that has limped out of a damaging recession in 2015–2016.