Influencer Lais Crisostomo Aguiar accused of drug trafficking
Brazilian social media influencer and her fiancÃ©’s friend were charged with international drug trafficking after police caught them trying to board a flight from Sao Paulo to Dubai with capsules filled with cocaine in supplement bottles.
Influencer Lais Crisostomo Aguiar and his 44-year-old friend, car washer Peterson de Souza Fontes, have been charged with one count of international drug trafficking.
The couple were arrested at the Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport in the municipality of Guarulhos on August 5.
They are both set to stand trial, following a ruling by the 1st Federal Court of Guarulhos in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, reports G1.
Police prevented them from boarding the flight after an x-ray revealed 461 grams of cocaine capsules inside food supplement containers in their suitcases.
The two men have since been remanded in custody in a women’s prison in Sao Paulo and a remand center in Guarulhos respectively.
The Daily Mail reports that Judge Valdeci dos Santos has refused a request from Aguiar to be released.
Santos said that Aguiar’s argument “was not aware of the contents of the suitcase is not credible, given that the cocaine seized was hidden in a suitcase with the [suspect’s] personal effects.’
Fontes admitted in court that the massive amount of cocaine was his and claimed that like him, Aguiar and his fiance, Henrique Catoriello, were users.
However, Aguiar said his claims were false.
The court concluded that “the amount of cocaine found in [Aguiar’s] possession cannot be qualified as a user, specifying that the drug is circulated in society â.
The 27-year-old told the court that she has lived in Dubai since 2020 and that her fiance has a currency exchange there.
The influencer has 386,000 Instagram followers and is known for flaunting her luxurious lifestyle.
Her posts often see her posing with high-end cars, wearing expensive clothes and going on extravagant vacations.
However, most of his posts have since been deleted.
It is still unclear what kind of punishment Aguiar faces if convicted.