Couple executed in their car near casino on Paraguay-Brazil border
Monday 14th December 2020
Alves had been arrested in 2014 for trafficking 1,102 pounds of marijuana, but told authorities that he was not aware he was transporting the drug
A convicted drug smuggler and his wife were executed while driving on a Brazilian road away across from a casino in Paraguay on Sunday.
Authorities from the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul identified the victims as Wellington Alves, 27, and Daiane Dias, who would have turned 27 on Tuesday.
Witnesses told the Ponta Porã Civil Police that Alves and Dias had left Amambay Hotel Casino in the eastern Paraguay border city of Pedro Juan Caballero before the attackers shot up their vehicle on an avenue in the Brazilian border city.
The armed individuals used a 9mm gun and a rifle in unleashing the early morning assault and fled.
According to Brazilian online portal UOL, Alves had been arrested in 2014 for trafficking 1,102 pounds of marijuana, but told authorities that he was not aware he was transporting the drug, which he said belonged to a friend.
Wellington Alves and his wife Daiane Dias were executed Sunday morning in Ponta Porã, Brazil, on a road across the street from a parking lot after visiting the Amambay Hotel Casino in the eastern Paraguay border city of Pedro Juan Caballero
Forensic workers in says the married couple was struck by at least 75 bullets after gunmen fired some 100 shots at their vehicle
A Brazilian police investigators gathers evidence at the site of Sunday morning's shooting that left a married couple dead
Alves served time at a prison in the Mato Grosso do Sul Campo city of Campo Grande and had been released to a half-way house in October before he was transferred to one in to Ponta Porã where his family and children lived.
It is unknown if Alves still had any current ties to drug trafficking gangs.
Forensic workers revealed Alves and Dias were both struck by 75 bullets. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting.
Investigators recovered 10,000 Brazilian reals [$1,955] and $26 as well as the victims' cellphones from the vehicle.
The National Police of Paraguay and the Ponta Porã Civil Police are investigating the shooting and have not provided any motives. No arrests had been reported as of Monday.
Wellington Alves and his wife Daiane Dias, who would have turned 27 on Tuesday. Brazilian online portal UOL reported that Alves was arrested in 2014 for trafficking 1,102 pounds of marijuana
The National Police of Paraguay and the Ponta Porã Civil Police in Ponta Porã, Brazil, are investigating Sunday's execution of a couple that was shot while they were inside their vehicle on a Brazilian street across from the Amambay Hotel Casino in the eastern Paraguay border city of Pedro Juan Caballero
According to organized crime research institute InSight Crime, the Paraguay-Brazil border area has been besieged by an ongoing fight over smuggling routes involving drug trafficking gangs, including Primeiro Comando da Capital, or First Command of the Capital, Brazil's largest criminal organization.
The eastern Paraguay sector serves as the epicenter of marijuana production in the area and is vital hub for drug gangs moving their product into Brazil as well as Chile and Argentina.