Taking Brazil ‘higher’: Female politician offers cocaine in exchange for votes

by Stanley Azuakola

Carme Cristina Lima, Female, 32, Brazilian politician and nut-case should be a case study on how not to be a politician. In Nigeria, we are used to politicians handing bags of rice and salt to voters, in an attempt to get their votes. Lima took hers a step further; instead of rice and salt, she gave cocaine, offering highness instead of a filled belly.

The lady, who was campaigning to be a Councillor in Itacoatiara in northern Brazil, allegedly handed out cocaine in exchange for votes on Sunday, which was election day.

She caught the attention of police officers when they spotted a group surrounding Lima’s vehicle. As they investigated, the cops discovered something startling. Hundreds of packets of cocaine were attached to her leaflets, which included instructions on how to vote for her.

On sighting the police, Lima and an unnamed man who was with her allegedly tried to flee in the car. But it was not their lucky day.

According to Police chief Daniel Ottoni, the both of them subsequently threw a plastic bag filled with the product out the window.

Lima has since been charged with electoral corruption and drug dealing. If convicted under Brazilian law, she would be unable to serve as a public official for at least eight years.y

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