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Brazil police raid agricultural minister's home: source

Brazil police raid agricultural minister's home: source
FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Agriculture Minister, Blairo Maggi speaks during a ceremony to mark the signing of a decree on new regulations for beef inspection, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia. Photo: Reuters
Published: 7:25 PM, September 14, 2017
Updated: 7:45 PM, September 14, 2017

BRASILIA - Brazil's federal police conducted a raid and search operation at the house of Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi in Brasilia, related to an ongoing bribery and graft scandal, a person with direct knowledge of the situation said on Thursday.

According to the source, the raid is linked to a plea deal by former Mato Grosso state governor Silval Barbosa, who accuses Maggi of participating in a corruption scheme.

Maggi, a former governor of Mato Grosso, is under investigation for his role in the scheme.

Mato Grosso is a major producer of soybeans, grains and cattle.

The news was first reported by TV Globo earlier in the day.

Efforts to contact Maggi's press representatives in Brasilia were unsuccessful. REUTERS