Topics : Federal police in Brazil said Tuesday they were cracking down on an international network of drug traffickers with a mega-operation targeting cocaine smuggling between South America and Europe.Police said they were arresting 50 people and seizing seven planes, five helicopters, 42 trucks and 35 properties linked to suspects accused of trafficking tons of cocaine to Europe and within Brazil.The raids were carried out across 13 Brazilian states following an investigation launched in 2018 together with Britain’s National Crime Agency, police said in a statement. The network continued trafficking drugs even during lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Police said they had seized 1.5 tons of cocaine from March 20 to July 20. The authorities have also frozen 100 million reals ($18.3 million) in assets as part of the operation, it said.Police said the raids targeted four connected organizations that were responsible for smuggling cocaine into Brazil across the Paraguayan border; selling it within Brazil, in Europe and in Cape Verde; providing logistics and transportation; and laundering the proceeds.More than 600 police took part in the raids.Authorities had already arrested 12 people and seized more than 11 tons of cocaine in the course of the investigation, police said.
Maitland-Niles was beaming after his penalty (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has jokingly admitted he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles that his nonchalant penalty style is going to give him heart attack as the defender casually tucked away his spot-kick in Arsenal’s shootout victory over Liverpool.The Gunners secured their place in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup, getting the better of Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield on penalties.Liverpool had plenty of chances in the second half, but Bernd Leno made several key saves to keep his side in the game, and as the match finished 0-0 in normal time, a penalty shootout was required to separate the two sides. Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 12:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link710Shares Mikel Arteta reveals what he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles after nonchalant spot-kick in penalty shootout win over Liverpool Willock scored the winning penalty (Picture: Getty Images)After Leno saved Divock Origi’s spot-kick, it was Maitland Niles’ job to take his side’s fourth penalty, and in his usual laid-back style, the 23-year-old practically walked up to the spot and side-footed the ball into the net.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGerman Leno went on to make another save from Harry Wilson, before Joe Willock’s effort crept under Adrian to send the Gunners through to the quarters.After the game, Arteta revealed Maitland-Niles’ penalty style had his heart rate through the roof.‘I told him in the dressing room that I’m going to have a heart attack because with his body language… Jesus Christ,’ the Spaniard said.‘He puts it in the net which is the reason why he was one of the subs.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal were unlucky to draw Manchester City in the next round of the competition, as Arteta goes up against former mentor Pep Guardiola again.The Gunners got the better of City in last season’s FA Cup semi-finals, and the Spanish boss will be hoping his side can put in a similarly strong performance when the two sides meet again in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.MORE: Paris Saint-Germain open talks to sign Arsenal target Houssem AouarMORE: Gareth Southgate hails Bukayo Saka as Arsenal star gets his first England call-upFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Advertisement