Brazil police raid agricultural minister's home: source
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