It appears that this plastic surgery-obsessed drug lord really botched his getaway plan. Brazilian police have finally tracked down Luiz Carlos da Rocha, a notorious kingpin who went under the knife multiple times in order to disguise his appearance and remain off the authorities’ radar for nearly three decades.
Rocha, who is popularly known by the nickname “White Head,” is believed to be the leader of an enormous cocaine trafficking operation that spans all of South America, BBC News reported. Now that is he in federal police custody, Rocha is expected to face a prison sentence of up to 50 years for a dizzying number of charges that he has racked up over the years.
His cozy life as a fugitive ended in Sorriso, a city in the western state of Mato Grosso where Rocha had been living under the assumed name Vitor Luiz de Moraes. Police were able to see through Rocha’s extensive plastic surgery after comparing his old photos with those of “Vitor Luiz” to determine that they were actually the same person.
According to Brazilian police, Rocha’s drug trafficking organization was infamous for its violent and deadly tactics. It employed armed escorts and armored cars using heavy weapons as it funneled cocaine produced in Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia and shipped it through shadowy channels to Europe and the United States.
In Brazil alone, police claim, Rocha’s organization brought in 5 tons of cocaine per month, an incredible volume that allowed the drug lord to live as a king.
As part of the same operation that resulted in Rocha’s arrest, officials managed to haul in roughly $10 million worth of criminal assets – real estate, aircraft, luxury vehicles, weapons, and the like. Rocha’s net worth is likely closer to $100 million, which agents hope to secure in the second phase of the operation.