A group of 20 people have been arrested in the northern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais after being implicated in corruption, a state prosecutor said Tuesday.
Authorities said in a statement that the group was part of a group of people who had been involved in an illegal drug trade and were in possession of cocaine.
The group had been “involved in numerous cases of trafficking, the transportation of cocaine, drug trafficking, kidnapping and the smuggling of drugs,” state prosecutor Ricardo Rodríguez told reporters.
A criminal investigation had been opened, and police had confiscated over 1,500 kilograms of cocaine worth over 10 million reais (US$14,700) in total, he said.
A separate investigation was also ongoing, and investigators were working to find out who was behind the alleged scheme.
Brazil has seen an increase in corruption scandals over the past year, with the government accusing President Dilma Rousseff of taking bribes from the country’s oil companies.
The corruption scandal has shaken the country to its core and led to the impeachment of Rousseff on Monday.