Brazil dismantles large criminal organization targeting Amazon rainforest

Posted on August 28, 2014 • Filed under: Brazil, Crime, Enviromental Issues, Organized Crime, Police/Military Activity reported the authorities in Brazil say they have dismantled a criminal organisation they believe was the “biggest destroyer” of the Amazon rainforest. The gang is accused of invading, logging and burning large areas of public land and selling these illegally for farming and grazing. In a statement, Brazilian Federal Police said the group committed crimes worth more than $220m (£134m). A federal judge has issued 14 arrest warrants for alleged gang members. Read Article

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