Interpol alert for a second Brazilian who is linked to a transport of cocaine in Newcastle and the death of a diver

An Interpol alert has been issued for a Brazilian man believed to have been a second diver involved in an ill-fated attempt to recover at least 100kg of cocaine from a ship docked in Newcastle.

Police allege Jhoni Fernandes Da Silva, 32, left fellow countryman Bruno Borges, 31, for dead when the mission failed.

In May, Mr Borges’ body was found floating in Newcastle harbour.

About 50 kilograms of cocaine were found nearby.

According to the police, another 50 kilograms entered the community, but some remains were found.

NSW Police believe Mr Borges did not act alone and allege Mr Da Silva was a second diver involved in the operation.

Packets of cocaine were found near the diver’s body.(Supplied: New South Wales Police)

Mr Da Silva remains a wanted man and a global blue notice from Interpol is in place for him.

Police have already contacted the Australian Brazilian community, fearing someone might be harboring Mr Da Silva.

Police said investigations by Organized Crime Squad detectives under Strike Force Groove are continuing.

Interpol’s involvement expands its network

John Coyne of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says Interpol’s involvement in the case allows for collaboration between Australian and foreign police.

“It’s like a loose team sport and there’s a whole bunch of players,” Dr Coyne said.

“They don’t necessarily have a coach who says who does what and when, they sort of organize themselves.”

Dr Coyne, head of the institute’s strategic policing and law enforcement programme, said the chances of catching a wanted person increased when international authorities worked together.

A bald man with a beard wearing dark glasses and a plaid button-up shirt stares off into space.
Dr Coyne says the Interpol alert increases the chances of finding Mr Da Silva.(ABC News: Tamara Penniket)

“Because it crosses jurisdictions … the police, when they detect one of these big shipments coming into the country, most of the time they catch the first people.”

He said Mr Borges’ death prompted police to track down his alleged associates.

“Unfortunately the first diver died so he was taken off the grid and then as the investigation continues our police need to start looking further offshore,” Dr Coyne said.

“They continue to follow these networks to the extent that they can eliminate as many people [as possible].

“So Interpol is kind of like our team sport, or our team that allows us to reach around the world and collaborate with other police forces.”

The highest notification Interpol can issue is a Red Notice.

It searches for the most wanted suspected criminals in the world.

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