Model wife is arrested ‘for running drug cartel that shot her husband dead’ at his son’s fourth birthday in Brazil
- Camila Marodin, a model and fashion influencer, was arrested on November 12
- Her arrest in Matinhos in Parana, Brazil, came days after her husband was killed
- Police believe Camila is the head of a drug cartel they had investigated for a year
- Officers found a Glock pistol hidden at Camila’s mother’s house along with hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent payments on her account
- Police believe Camila is implicated in the murder of her husband as well as two former police officers last week
A model has been arrested on suspicion of leading a drug cartel believed to have orchestrated the assassination of her husband during their son’s fourth birthday party.
Camila Marodin, a model and fashion influencer, was arrested in the coastal town of Matinhos in the Brazilian state of Parana on the morning of November 12.
Camila’s husband Ricardo Marodin, who police originally thought was the leader of an alleged drug cartel, was reportedly shot dead during his son’s birthday party on November 7.
After his death, Camila told the authorities that her husband was not involved in any criminal activity and claimed the murder was probably a case of mistaken identity.
But Camila has now been arrested as the cartel’s suspected leader and is believed to be implicated in Ricardo’s shooting, as well as the deaths of two former cops.
Her capture came as part of a military police operation in which 14 other suspected cartel members were arrested.
The Military Police went to Camila’s house in the town of Pinhais to carry out the arrest warrant against her, but arrived to find she had vacated the property.
She was later caught on her way back home from her mother’s house in Matinhos where police found a Glock pistol that they believe she hid there to avoid suspicion.
Police spokesperson Colonel Barroso said the arrest was already planned but had to be brought forward after the deaths of Ricardo and former policemen Thiago Cesar Carvalho and Guilherme Antonio da Costa.
Camila Marodin (left), a model and fashion influencer, was arrested in the coastal town of Matinhos in the Brazilian state of Parana on the morning of November 12. Camila’s husband Ricardo Marodin (right), who police originally thought was the leader of an alleged drug cartel, was reportedly shot dead during his son’s birthday party on November 7
The cops were killed in the neighbourhood of Cajuru in the Parana state capital Curitiba, just three days after Ricardo’s murder.
The Military Police investigation had been ongoing for around a year before the deaths of Ricardo and the two officers prompted police chiefs to authorise the arrests.
Colonel Barroso said: ‘The Military Police launched Operation Ostentacao (Ostentation), which follows investigations and follow-ups from about a year of work carried out by the Military Police’s intelligence department.
‘During this investigation, we found financial payments in Camila’s account of more than 1.3 million Brazilian reais (equivalent to around £177,000).’
According to the news site Em Tempo, a court froze the money in Camila’s account in addition to 13 properties, some of them high-end, valued at 3 million reais (£410,000) that are believed to be owned by the criminal gang.
Officers also seized five luxury cars, two Audis, a Honda, a Chevrolet Camaro and a Porsche, as well as a motorbike.
The police also confiscated 39 weapons and cash in the amount of 120,000 reais (£16,400).
Ricardo Marodin was gunned down at the end of his son’s fourth birthday party in the city of Pinhais last week.
Camila Marodin (right), widow of Ricardo Marodin (left) from Parana, Brazil, who was killed in his son’s birthday in November 2021, in a photo with their kids.
According to reports, four armed suspects arrived in a silver Volkswagen Voyage and fired multiple shots at Ricardo, who died on the spot.
On the morning of 10th November, the two former cops were shot dead by gunmen in a silver Volkswagen Voyage, possibly the same one used in Ricardo’s shooting.
Military Police Commander Hudson Teixeira said: ‘Ricardo was killed in a fight over drug trafficking control. Other murders that have taken place recently in the region are being analysed by the Military Police to verify whether or not they have a connection with the death of that man.’
Homicide investigator Tito Barichello said the crimes could be related, as Ricardo and Thiago knew each other.
The investigation continues.
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