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Drug Lord Arrested Trying to Go to World Cup Game

Mexican Drug Lord Caught Trying to go to World Cup Game
Mexican Drug Lord Caught Trying to go to World Cup Game
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They say crime doesn’t pay and Mexican soccer fan Jose Diaz Barajas found out the hard way!

The 49 year old Brajas was arrested yesterday in Rio de Janero, while trying to catch a flight to Fortaleza in order to watch the Mexican national soccer team play against the tournament favourite, Brazil.

According to Bloomberg, Luiz Cravo Dorea, head of international cooperation at the Federal Police, says that FIFA informed the authorities that Barajas was travelling to the game with his wife and two children.

“Barajas was one of the most sought traffickers in the United States,” Dorea told reporters in Brasilia. “He will remain imprisoned in Rio until his extradition to the U.S. is determined.”

Brajas reportedly used his real name and real documents in order to secure entry into Brazil for the World Cup festivities. He landed in Paraguay on June 11th and was being monitored by authorities after he entered Brazil.

Since taking office in 2012, President Enrique Pena Nieto has succeeded in rounding up leaders of Mexico's top drug cartels after drug-related violence left more than 90,000 dead or missing since 2006. They include Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, the world's most-wanted criminal, and Miguel Angel Trevino, the head of the Zetas Cartel.

US and international security agencies typically increase security and police presence during major sporting events like the MLB World Series, the Olympics and the World Cup to keep order and to catch known criminals, many of whom are huge sports fans.

Brazil and Mexico played a very close and hotly contested game in which Mexico surprised experts by playing to a tie against the home team who are also overwhelming favourites to win the tournament.

The World Cup is watched by around 3.2 billion people around the world, on Monday 11 million Americans watch Team USA defeat Ghana 2-1.