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Mexican drug trafficker arrested at World Cup in Rio

A foot is seen atop a ball during the final training session of Mexico's national team. Credit: Reuters

US authorities have filed an extradition request after a Mexican drug trafficker was arrested on his way to a World Cup match in Brazil.

Federal police agents detained the 49-year old man at Rio's international airport as he waited to board a plane to the northeastern city of Fortaleza. He was not identified.

"He had tickets to go to the Brazil-Mexico game today," the police said in a statement, adding that the man is wanted for methamphetamine trafficking.

Federal police said the man was wanted by Interpol and was detected as soon as he crossed the border from Argentina on June 11.