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Brazilian drug-trafficking suspect arrested on LI, police say

Wesley De Oliveira Costa, 28, of Holtsville, was

Wesley De Oliveira Costa, 28, of Holtsville, was arrested during a traffic stop on May 3, 2016, and a later investigation determined he was wanted on a drug-trafficking warrant issued in Brazil, East Hampton Village police said. Credit: East Hampton Village PD

A Brazilian national stopped Tuesday by East Hampton Village Police for a traffic violation was turned over to a federal agency and faces up to 30 years in prison on drug charges in his native country, police said.

Wesley De Oliveira Costa, 28, who has been living in Holtsville, was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen said.

Police said that after being pulled over for using his cellphone without a hands-free device, Costa did not have a driver’s license and was found to be working on Long Island as an undocumented immigrant.

An investigation also determined that Costa is wanted by Interpol, under a “red notice.” Such notices alert one country that a suspect is wanted in another country, police said.

In this case, Costa is wanted on a drug-trafficking warrant issued in Brazil, Larsen said, and Costa’s information also was sent to the Department of Justice.

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