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May 3, 2016 4:26 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Traffic Stop Nets Suspect In Drug Trafficking Case In Brazil; Driver Turned Over To ICE Agents

May 3, 2016 4:34 PM

A native of Brazil taken into custody on Monday after East Hampton Village Police arrested him on vehicle and traffic violations was later identified as a subject wanted on international drug trafficking charges in his home country, where he could face up to 30 years in prison.

Wesley De Oliveira Costa, 28, of Holtsville was stopped for talking on his cellphone without a hands-free device, and was later arrested for driving without a valid license, said East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen.

Once it was determined that he had no license or identification, Chief Larsen said, officers followed the Village Police’s policy of bringing in the subject for fingerprinting. The department has used this policy to identify perpetrators of car theft and situations in which people are wanted by U.S. Customs and Immigration. However, Chief Larsen said “nothing to this level” has been found in the past.

While in police custody, it was determined through fingerprinting that Mr. Costa was the subject of an Interpol “Red Notice,” which is a notice from one country to others alerting them that a subject is wanted by officials for a crime in that country, Chief Larsen said.

Mr. Costa was later released on local charges and was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, said Chief Larsen. His wanted status information was also turned over to the Department of Justice’s Interpol Washington office, which the chief said is responsible for Interpol inquiries and wanted notices.

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ICE will probably just release him. We have to be nice.
By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on May 3, 16 5:08 PM
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A tiny bit of context would be awesome. What kind of drugs, what kind of quantities we're talking, how long he's been on the lamb, is he accused of trafficking the drugs to the us or some other country, what kind of case brazil and interpol have been building against him while he evades arrest,even something as simple as thr charges he is facing, why someone from Holtsville is hanging around east hampton in the off season (you don't see that place of residence often in police reports out here).

I'd ...more
By Brandon Quinn (191), Hampton Bays on May 3, 16 6:09 PM
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No problem here..... One of hundreds out here
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on May 3, 16 8:45 PM
Watch our liberal president have him released to commit more crimes in our country
By patriot50 (42), sag harbor on May 3, 16 8:52 PM
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Yeah, we better put a wall around Brazil too.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on May 4, 16 3:05 PM
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i think that is the point of the "wall". where do you think he entered the country? Canada?
By fishy (92), East Hampton on May 4, 16 4:20 PM
Handed over to ICE...catch and release, rinse and repeat. Might as well gave him a pat on the head and a hundred bucks for bothering him.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on May 4, 16 9:57 AM