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Brazilian police detain man carrying gold bar on flight

Brazilian police detain man carrying gold bar onto flight; lawyer calls it a 'good luck charm'

Brazilian police detain man carrying gold bar on flight

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Federal police in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso say they detained an Austrian born-businessman as he attempted to board a plane with a bar of gold.

The police say Werner Rydl was detained on Friday at an airport in the town of Varzea Grande. He was taken to a detention center in the nearby state capital of Cuiaba. Officials say people carrying gold need to show a receipt.

A report on Globo television's G1 internet portal quotes an attorney for the naturalized Brazilian as saying the 644 gram (23 ounce) bar of gold is a good-luck charm.

Lawyer Andre Prieto is quoted as saying his client is an "eccentric."


Updated : 2021-09-28 20:34 GMT+08:00