Brazil soccer star Adriano tied to Rio drug lord

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian prosecutors say there are "strong indications" soccer star Adriano transferred money to a notorious drug lord held responsible for attacking a police helicopter last year.

State prosecutors said in an e-mailed statement that after taking a deposition from Adriano, they would request permission to examine the player's bank accounts and telephones.

Prosecutors say they are focusing on the alleged transfer last December of $33,000 from Adriano to a drug lord wanted by police.

Officials are also looking into conspiracy to sell illegal drugs and the possession of unlawful weapons by organized crime groups as part of the investigation; there was no indication Adriano was involved in those aspects of the case.