updated 10/19/2011 5:20:11 PM ET 2011-10-19T21:20:11

One of Brazil's most-wanted drug lords has been arrested in neighboring Paraguay, Rio de Janeiro state authorities say.

State public safety spokesman Daniel Pereira said Alexander Mendes da Silva was arrested Wednesday in the Paraguayan city of Pedro Juan Caballero.

He said Paraguay will deport Silva, who is expected to arrive in Brazil by Thursday.

Silva is considered one of Brazil's four most-wanted drug traffickers and was allegedly responsible for the drug trade in Rio's Mangueira shantytown.

Silva fled Brazil last June days before police raided Mangueira as part of an ongoing program to expel traffickers from Rio's shantytowns.

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