The family friend said Ricarte had a dream of doing plastic surgery and may have agreed to smuggle the drugs to Europe to fund her plans.
‘The person who did this to her tried to do it with my friends,’ she alleged.
‘This person sent her there and said that she would have enough money to do her surgery. She didn’t like drugs, she was duped and sent to her death.’
Federal Police detective Ramon da Silva said those close to Ricarte are helping them with their inquiries.
‘We believe this is an international trafficking operation that could not be done by just one person,’ he said.
‘(Deyse) appears to have had support in Brazil and Portugal. Our suspicion is that the operation is based in Minas Gerais state because the passport was recently issued there and picked up on June 22 and she flew from Belo Horizonte (the state capital).
‘We suspect she ingested the narcotic substance shortly before taking the flight.’
He added: ‘Portuguese police are carrying out their investigations and examinations which will be passed on to the Brazilian authorities.
‘The Brazilian consulate in Lisbon is supporting the family with all the necessary assistance