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Brazilian authorities arrest American man who ‘sold weapons and explosives to Rio de Janeiro gangs’

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Brazilian authorities arrest American man for ‘selling high-powered weapons, explosives and drugs to criminal gangs in Rio de Janeiro’

  • Anthony David Schethtman was arrested Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro for allegedly selling weapons, explosives and drugs to gangs
  • The Civil Police said the weapons sold by Schethtman were used in bank robberies in Rio de Janeiro
  • Schethtman reportedly holds American, British and Israeli citizenship

By Adry Torres For Dailymail.com

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Authorities in Brazil have arrested an American man who allegedly supplied high-powered weapons, explosives and drugs to gangs in Rio de Janeiro.

Anthony David Schethtman was arrested by officers from the robbery and theft division unit on Tuesday night, according to Civil Police.

Schethtman, who reportedly holds American, British and Israeli citizenship, was  being investigated for selling weapons and explosives which were used in bank robberies carried out by criminal groups in Rio de Janeiro, cops said.

The Civil Police said Schethtman, who was known as ‘El Gringo’, was driving a stolen vehicle when he was stopped in downtown Rio by cops assigned to the investigation. 

News organizations in Brazil published social media photos purportedly showing Schethtman posing with firearms, including a machine gun. 

Social media photos published by news organizations in Brazil reportedly show  Schethtman posing with firearms. Schethtman is accused of selling high-powered weapons, explosives and drugs to gangs in Rio de Janeiro

Authorities also seized documents which they said were used by the individual to hide his real identity. 

A Civil Police spokesperson told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that Schethtman was unarmed when taken into custody. 

Schethtman is expected to appear before a judge, but a court date has not been set yet.

News organizations in Brazil published social media photos purportedly showing Schethtman posing with two firearms, including a machine gun. 

DailyMail.com reached out to the United States Embassy for comment. 

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