An officer traveling to Japan with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the summit meeting of the 20's group was arrested after being caught with more than 80 pounds of cocaine. Manoel Silva Rodrigues in Seville, Spain, Tuesday after the Brazilian Air Force aircraft made a stopover on the way to the summit.
Bolsonaro was on a separate plane that followed him, but changed his route after the arrest.
Rodrigues was reported to be carrying 86 pounds of cocaine, which was split into 37 different blocks. He told the local authorities that it was cheese and not drugs.
The Brazilian Ministry of Defense issued a statement confirming the arrest and stated that the incident was being investigated.
Bolsonaro said in a tweet on Wednesday that the arrest was not related to his team, calling the incident "unacceptable".
"We will not tolerate such disrespect of our country!" He wrote.
Bolsonaro is known for his tough stance on drug trafficking and promised to do so during his presidential campaign against organized crime and illicit drug trafficking in Brazil, especially against cocaine.
Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourão was confident that Rodrigues was working with drug smugglers.
"Given the amount of drug it's obvious He did not buy it on the corner and bring it with him, does it?" Mourão said from the Brazilian capital, NPR said. "He worked as a mule, let's say, a well-qualified mule . "