PAPA SHAKO, Brazil — A PAPAKO (papa) Shango company, based in Pernambuco, has received over $21 million in US dollars in cash over 10 to 20 years, a US congressional committee has reported.
The US Congress subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security last month held a hearing on the company and its alleged links to the drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Its owners have long denied any wrongdoing and say they are not responsible for the deaths of more than 1,000 people during the drug war.
However, the company’s owners have been charged with multiple felonies and faced the death penalty after a federal jury in Florida last year convicted them of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy in a trial that lasted six months.
Investigators also say the company is linked to the murder of a Brazilian senator and two of its former employees, as well as to several other murders and deaths.
The company’s former CEO, Manuelo Salazar, has been extradited to the United States.
Salazar was extradited in the US in December 2015.
He was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and murder of members of the Brazilian military, among other charges.
He and Salazar both have pleaded not guilty.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Monday released a letter by investigators to the company asking for documents, testimony and other information.
The letter also said that the company was in contact with several international entities with alleged ties to the Escobar network and that the documents would be released to the committee.
The investigation has led to a criminal probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a federal grand jury, according to the letter.
Salaz, the head of the company, has pleaded not to extradition.
He remains in custody in the U.S. on a $2.5 million bond.