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13th October 2012, 02:06 PM
A female politician has been arrested in Brazil - for allegedly handing out cocaine with her election leaflets.

Carme Cristina Lima, 32, was running to be a city councillor in Itacoatiara, in the northern state of Amazonas.

Police became suspicious when they saw a crowd allegedly gathering around Ms Lima's car on the morning of the election day.

Officers searched her car and allegedly found hundreds of packets of cocaine attached to the candidate's leaflets with instructions on how to vote for her.

Police chief Daniel Ottoni told Brazil's TNOnline website: "There was a large gathering of people around Ms Lima, but when they saw the police they all ran away.

"The candidate and another man also fled by car but officers caught up with them.

"According to locals, she had been distributing the drugs since early in the morning, on condition that people vote for her."

Ms Lima was arrested for electoral corruption and drug dealing.