Helicopter With 700lbs Of Coke Crashes In Brazil Jungle

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

These images show a helicopter that was transporting nearly 700 lbs of cocaine when it crashed in the Brazilian jungle and the two bloodied pilots asked stunned residents if they would help unload the drugs.

The crash took place near Estrada do Verava in the municipality of Ibiuna in the south-eastern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo on Monday afternoon.

The Metropolitan Civil Guard said in a press statement that 300 kilogrammes (661 lbs) of cocaine was found in the crashed helicopter.

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Police spokesperson Marcelo Godinho told the newspaper G1: “We received information that a pilot was in the helicopter in camouflage clothing with another person.

“We are looking for them and still gathering information.”

According to G1, some local residents saw the helicopter plummeting from the sky and rushed to the scene.

CEN/Guardia Civil Metropolitana

They said they saw the pilot getting out of the crashed chopper before washing his bloodied head with bottled water.

Eyewitnesses also claimed that the two pilots asked them to help remove the drugs from the area, but ran away when they realised the police had been called and were about to arrive.

Both men managed to escape and are being hunted by the authorities.

CEN/Guardia Civil Metropolitana

The drugs were reportedly wrapped in plastic that came from Bolivia and the police are investigating if that was where the drug cargo originated from.

The investigation is ongoing and so far no arrests have been made.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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