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Brazil searches for international weapons dealer who walked out of prison with a fake document

Manhunt is on for international weapons dealer who walked out of a Brazil prison after forging fake early release form, just three years into his 27-year sentence

  • Brazilian authorities are searching João Barbieri, who left the Bangu Prison Complex in Rio de Janeiro with a fake document authorizing his release
  • Barbieri was arrested in August 2017 and had only served three years of a 27-year prison sentence for his role in the smuggling of rifles from Miami to Rio
  • Barbieri father, Frederick Barbieri, in 2019 was sentenced to 13 years in jail by  court in Florida for smuggling over 1,000 firearms from the U.S. to Rio de Janeiro 
  • The prison system confirmed Monday that Barbieri obtained his early release November 18, 2020 through the 8th Federal Criminal Court of Rio
  • The 8th Federal Criminal Court of Rio has denied the prison system’s findings and announced it never cleared Barbieri’s release
  • A second prisoner, identified as João Roza, also was released from the same prison with a fake document 

João Barbieri, a convicted international weapons smuggler, is sought by Brazilian authorities after he walked out of a prison in Rio de Janeiro in November 2020 with a fake court document. Barbieri had served only three years of a 27-year prison sentence for his role in the shipment of 60 rifles that were shipped by his father from Miami to Rio de Janeiro in 2017

Brazilian authorities have launched a manhunt for an international weapons dealer who walked out of prison after he forged his early release form. 

The Federal Justice and the Penitentiary Administration Secretariat are also looking into how João Barbieri managed to create the fake early release document that allowed him to leave the Bangu Prison Complex in Rio de Janeiro in November 2020, according to TV Globo.

Barbieri was arrested in 2017 and was sentenced to 27 years in jail for his involvement in an arms trafficking organization that concealed thousands of weapons in pool heaters that were shipped from Florida to Brazil.

A federal court in Rio de Janeiro first learned of Barbieri’s early release in January when judge Marcelo Granado, who oversaw his case, had sought additional information on Barbieri and João Roza, a second prisoner who also obtained a fake document and was allowed to leave the same prison in October 2020. Roza’s prison release was granted October 14.

During a federal court hearing Monday, the Penitentiary Administration Secretariat told Granado that Barbieri’s release permit had been issued by the 8th Federal Criminal Court of Rio and that he left the prison November 18. 

However, the 8th Federal Criminal Court of Rio disputed the Penitentiary Administration Secretariat’s findings and announced that it had never signed off on Barbieri’s and Roza’s early release.

Criminal defense lawyer Afonso explained to TV Globo that the 8th Federal Criminal Court of Rio did not have the authority to approve the release for Barbieri because his case was not in the court anymore.

Granado has now issued an arrest warrant for Barbieri and Roza. 

João Barbieri, pictured above during his arrest in August 2018, exited the Bangu Prison Complex in Rio de Janeiro in November 2020, despite only serving only three years of a 27-year sentence for smuggling firearms

João Barbieri, pictured above during his arrest in August 2018, exited the Bangu Prison Complex in Rio de Janeiro in November 2020, despite only serving only three years of a 27-year sentence for smuggling firearms

Pictured is a shipment of rifles that were seized at Galeão International Airport after agents discovered them inside four water heaters that had been shipped from Miami to Rio de Janeiro in May 2017

Pictured is a shipment of rifles that were seized at Galeão International Airport after agents discovered them inside four water heaters that had been shipped from Miami to Rio de Janeiro in May 2017

A scanner at Galeão International Airport in Rio de Janeiro displays some of the 60 AR-15 and AK-47 that were seized in a shipment sent from Miami to Rio de Janeiro by a firearms smuggling ring

A scanner at Galeão International Airport in Rio de Janeiro displays some of the 60 AR-15 and AK-47 that were seized in a shipment sent from Miami to Rio de Janeiro by a firearms smuggling ring

Barbieri, who had been in custody since August 2017, is the son of Frederick ‘Lord of the Arms’ Barbieri, who in July 2018 received a 13-year prison sentence in Florida for smuggling more than 1,000 firearms from Miami to Rio de Janeiro.

Federal prosecutors learned that the senior Barbieri, a Brazilian national who later became a naturalized American citizen, shipped military-style rifles with their serial numbers removed and that guns were also sold to drug traffickers and gangs in favelas or slums.

Frederick Barbieri caught the attention of U.S. federal agents after a shipment of four water heaters with 60 AR-15 and AK-47 rifles was busted at Galeão International Airport in Rio de Janeiro in May 2017.  

João Barbieri walked out of the Bangu Prison Complex (pictured) with a fake document that approved his early release in November 2020 after having served three years of a 27-year sentence for weapons smuggling

João Barbieri walked out of the Bangu Prison Complex (pictured) with a fake document that approved his early release in November 2020 after having served three years of a 27-year sentence for weapons smuggling

Barbieri's father Frederick 'Lord of the Arms' Barbieri (pictured) in July 2018 received a 13-year prison sentence in Florida for smuggling more than 1,000 firearms from Miami to Rio de Janeiro

Barbieri’s father Frederick ‘Lord of the Arms’ Barbieri (pictured) in July 2018 received a 13-year prison sentence in Florida for smuggling more than 1,000 firearms from Miami to Rio de Janeiro

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