Israeli arrested leaving Brazil with six kilos of cocaine

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Brazilian customs officials arrested an Israeli citizen trying to cross the border with Bolivia carrying nearly six kilograms of cocaine stashed in the fake bottoms of two suitcases.

The man, whose name was not released, was riding in a Bolivian taxi in the city of Corumba on Wednesday evening. He told the officers he was taking the drug to Israel, where it would be sold for $80,000 per kilo, reported the regional newspaper Correio de Corumba.

The Israeli man will be charged with international drug trafficking.

Corumba is located in the central portion of Brazil, thousands of miles away from the capital city Brasilia and largest cities Sao Paulo and Rio.