Paul Lir Alexander is a former Brazilian drug smuggler. Born in Santa Catarina, Alexander worked as a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent before becoming the leader of a drug-smuggling ring. He was reported to have been among the wealthiest of Rio's drug lords, with an estimated $20 million in assets, primarily in the form of real estate. Alexander specialized in sending cocaine to the United States inside electrical transformers. He was arrested by the DEA in 1993, and spent 17 years in prison before disappearing while on a temporary release from a Brazilian prison in 2010.