Paul Lir Alexander
|Paul Lir Alexander|
Santa Catarina, Brazil
|Other names||El Parito Loco ("The Crazy Duck")
"The Baron of Cocaine"
|Criminal charge||Drug trafficking and smuggling|
Alexander was born in Santa Catarina and joined military service in the Israeli Army and the Mossad. He later worked as a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent before becoming the leader of a drug-smuggling ring in Brazil. He was reported to have been among the wealthiest of Rio de Janeiro'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 owned various ranches in Brazil, his own business jet and a yacht worth $25 million.
Alexander was arrested by the DEA in 1993 and spent 17 years in prison. He was arrested again in Brazil and sentenced to 42 years imprisonment before disappearing while on a temporary release from a Brazilian prison in 2010.
- Elma Lia Nascimento, "Just Saying Yes," Brazzil 8.133 (Jan 31, 1997): 10.
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