Men [of God] at work in Brazil

30 Mar 2001


SAO PAULO - A Brazilian priest caught with 11 kilos of cocaine hidden beneath his cassock told police he was trafficking the drugs to save a struggling day care center, local media said. Police caught Fr. Jorge Saliba trying to board a flight from Sao Paulo to Amsterdam in what the priest said was his fifth international drug run.

Saliba said each delivery paid $30,000, money that he said went to a church-sponsored children's day-care center in a poor Sao Paulo urban neighborhood.

Reuters, 11/23/1999


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