Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Violence Increases in Tourist Areas of City

Terra reported on September 1, 2013 that tourist areas in the city of Rio de Janeiro have showed an increase in violence due to the theft. The Public Security Institute reported the areas of Santa Teresa and Lapa to show a recorded high index of robberies. However, these areas are not on the top of the list for effective security as more attention is directed towards areas of the Corcovado and the Sugar Loaf. Most tourists will visit these attractions during the upcoming World Cup. Police report most victims are tourists and general visitors. Read Article

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Sao Paulo, Brazil: Traffickers Use Postal Service to Transport Drugs

On August 28, 2013 Terra reported that federal police in Operation AWB arrested two people suspected of international drug trafficking. The suspects are accused of sending drugs abroad through postal service Sedex. According to police, the drugs are destined mainly to Spain, the UK, and Australia. Read Article

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Fortaleza, Brazil: Cocaine Refining Lab Discovered by Police

tribunadabahia.com.br reported on August 28, 2013 that a cocaine refining drug lab was discovered on a farm near the Industrial Center of Aratú in Fortaleza. On site, police seized cocaine base paste, cocaine, and other products used to refine the narcotics. Police arrested three men for drug trafficking and were sent to the Homicide and […]

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Pará, Brazil: Woman Detained for Sex Trafficking Activity

Globo reported that a woman was detained in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul for sex trafficking young people in Altamira and Vitoria do Xingu, Pará. The woman owned a nightclub in which she promised victims up to R$1,000 for work. The victims were locked inside bedrooms. According to police, the woman has been a […]

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Bahia, Brazil: Teacher Pays Teenagers for Sexual Activity

On August 23, 2013 Terra reported that the civil police arrested Josimar Ribeiro Sampaio, a teacher in Senhor do Bonfim, Bahia accused of paying kids and teenagers to have orgies with him at his home. The teacher paid each child R$70 for oral sex and offered the adolescents cocaine and alcohol. Police have charged the […]

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Brazilian Couple Detained in Spain for International Drug Trafficking Charges

On August 22, 2013, Terra reported that a Brazilian couple was detained in Ibiza, Spain for international drug trafficking. The couple, who acted as “mules”, was part of a gang that transports cocaine and ecstasy from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and to Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. Interpol with the help of the […]

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Police Issue Criminal Investigation on Documents of Brazilian David Miranda

Terra reported on August 22, 2012 that the British police will open a criminal investigation after seizing and analyzing documents from the Brazilian companion of Glenn Greenwald. Police report the information overseen is potent to public safety. The Brazilian, David Miranda, filed a lawsuit after being arrested and interrogated by police for nine hours. The […]

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Federal District, Brazil: 10 Suspects Arrest for Drug Trafficking, Brazil

Globo reported on August 22, 2013 that the civil police in the Federal District detained 10 suspects accuse of drug trafficking in Bandeirante. Police report this is the largest group in the region responsible for selling drugs. Upon arrest, police confiscated a precision scale, phones, marijuana, cocaine, crack and cash. Suspects hid the drugs in […]

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Paraná, Brazil: Drug Trafficking Operation Detains 24 Suspects

On August 19, 2013, Globo reported that DENARC; State Division of Narcotics detained 24 suspects after a five-month investigation named “Operation Iapó” in Paraná. During the operation, police managed to seize 12 kilos marijuana, firearms, vehicles, 3 kilograms of crack cocaine, and R$7,500 in cash. In addition, the police report to have already arrested four […]

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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Owner of Nightclub Detained for Human Trafficking Activity

midianews.com.br reported on August 189, 2013 that the owner of a night club in Mato Grosso do Sul was detained by the military police for human trafficking and prostitution charges. Police received information of such activity from a victim of the nightclub who was promised work. The girl was then forced into prostitution as was […]

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Parana, Brazil: 23 Suspects Arrested for Corruption and Conspiracy

On August 15, 2013 Globo reported that 23 people; delegates, researchers, support agents, and traders, were sent to court by the Public Ministry for corruption and conspiracy. Investigators report the gang attempted to receive money from merchants in the junkyard sector, collecting up to R$30,000 a month with registration fees costing R$50,000. The arrest is […]

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Londrina, Brazil: Police Operation Combat Drug Trafficking in Border Region

odiario.com reported on August 14, 2013 that 70 federal police officers participated in Operation “Caturra” designed to combat drug trafficking in the region of Londrina near Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul. The investigation, which began in February of this year, has arrested 12 people in total while seizing 600 pounds of marijuana, 60 pounds […]

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Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: Passenger Uses Windsurf Board to Transport Cocaine

Terra reported on August 10, 2013 that the Federal Police seized 14.7 kilograms of cocaine hidden within a windsurfing board at the Salgado Filho International Airport in Porto Alegre. Police as well confiscated 2,000 euros. The drug was destined to Barcelona, Spain. Police suspected suspicion from the 26-year-old man due to his behavior, the presence […]

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Bahia, Brazil: Police Operation Arrests 8 Suspects Part of Drug Trafficking Gang

On August 9, 2013, Globo reported that partnerships between the civil, military and federal police as well the Public Ministry of the State, arrested eight members of a gang suspected to be under the rule of drug lord “Sassá”, the leader of drug trafficking activity in the region of Tancredo Neves and Engomadeira in Bahia. […]

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Goias, Brazil: Three Women Arrested for Sexual Exploitation Activity

On August 8, 2013, Globo reported the civil police arrested three women on suspicion of running a prostitution site. The owner and two managers were detained after an operation in Caldas Nova, Goias designed to combat sexual exploitation in businesses designed to function as bars and clubs. The police identified 12 women as prostitutes. On […]

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Maceio, Brazil: Gang Detained for Drug Trafficking and Homicide Charges

Globo reported on August 9th, 2013 that the State Group of Combating Criminal Organizations with the help of the Military Police arrested eleven members of a gang suspected of leading drug trafficking activity in Maceio. The gang is also suspected of numerous murders in the area. Police report the gang recruited teenagers to participate in […]

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Paraná, Brazil: 18 Suspects Detained for Diverting Public Funds

Globo reported on August 8, 2013 that the Federal Police arrested 18 suspects in Operation “Synapse” designed to combat a gang accused of diverting funds used for educational purposes in Paraná. The gang is suspected of embezzling about R$ 6.6 million from the Ministry of Education. The gang, investigated since 2012, had signed contracts with […]

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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Teenager Detained for Human Trafficking Activity

Globo reported on August 7, 2013 that a 19-year old female was arrested in Mato Grosso do Sul for human trafficking and prostitution activity. Police report that the house of the female functioned as a prostitution site in which four women were lured into the activity with promises of pay. The women were not allowed […]

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Espirito Santo, Brazil: Lawyer Detained for Drug Trafficking Activity with Prison Inmates

Globo reported on August 6, 2013 that a female lawyer was detained on suspicion for selling drugs and weapons to prisoners at the Maximum Security Penitentiary II of Viana in Espirito Santo. In addition, the police detained two correctional officers, a former agent, and 10 other suspects involved in drug trafficking. The arrests of these […]

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Federal District, Brazil: Sergeant of Fire Department detained for drug trafficking

Globo reported on August 5, 2013 that Silvio José Ribeiro Dias, sergeant of the fire department in the Federal District, was detained after police found him with three kilos of pure cocaine known as “fish scale” hidden inside a vehicle. According to police, the sergeant received the drugs from Ponta Pora, Mato Grosso do Sul […]

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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Police Officers Detained for Extortion and Corruption Charges

circuitomt.com.br reported on August 4, 2013 that the civil police arrested six police officers in Cuiaba, accused of involvement in drug trafficking as well as protecting traffickers. Among those detained include chief of the Homicide and Protection of Persons. The chief and his wife are charged with corruption and involvement with trafficking. The remaining four […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 9 Favelas Raided by Police to Combat Drug Trafficking

tribunahoje.com reported on August 2, 2013 that a police operation in nine favelas in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro forced schools and businesses to close, as the operation was an attempt to combat drug trafficking. The favelas raided by police include Cachoeira Grande, Cachoeirinha, Morro do Amor, Gambá, Cotia, Árvore Seca, Barro Preto, […]

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Federal District, Brazil: Largest Cocaine Trafficker in Area Arrested by Police

Globo reported on August 2, 2013 that the civil police arrested the largest cocaine trafficker in Cruzeiro, in the Federal District. The suspect goes by the name “Troa”. During the arrest, the police seized cocaine, cash, and weapons. In addition, the police detained his partner who is accused of trafficking and larceny. Read Article

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Manaus, Brazil: 16 Establishments Closed for Sexual Exploitation and Drug Trafficking Activity

On August 2, 2013, Globo reported that the Federal Police closed sixteen establishments in Manaus used for sexual exploitation of minors, prostitution, and drug trafficking. Operation “Insurance Center” arrested 20 foreigners from Peru, Venezuela, and Colombia who were living in Brazil illegally. During the operation, police discovered a drug refining laboratory as well as families […]

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Manaus, Brazil: Military Police Officer Detained for Drug Trafficking

Terra reported on August 1, 2013 that corporal military police officer of Amazonas, Tony Cleoson Alencar Ladislaus, was detained after police seized marijuana, cocaine base paste, and weapons in his house in Manaus. The civil police report the officer has been under investigation for a year and that he used an ice cream shop as […]

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Rondônia, Brazil: 700 kilos of marijuana seized

Globo reported on August 1, 2013 that the civil police in Rondônia confiscated 700 kilos of marijuana as well as detained 10 suspects accused of drug trafficking, including the leader of the gang. According to police, the traffickers hide the drug in furniture and refrigerators inside a truck to be distributed in Porto Velho, Acre […]

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Bahia, Brazil: Italian Drug Dealer Detained

Terra reported on July 26, 2013 that Civil Police in Mata de São João, Bahia, detained an Italian drug dealer, who has been living illegally in Brazil for 12 years. Police confiscated 400 grams of cocaine known as “nine-nine” as the purity of the drug is 99%. In addition, police as well arrested an accomplice […]

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Pernambuco, Brazil: Owner of Travel Agency Detained for Trafficking Women to Europe

On July 25, 2013 Globo reported that the Federal Police arrested the owner of a travel agency, Claudette Birth Banner in Olinda, Pernambuco, for human trafficking. According to police, the woman was sexually exploiting women with low education and no experience in tourism, to Europe, where they were harassed and forced into the prostitution sector. […]

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Piaui, Brazil: Gang Convicted for Transporting 270kg of Cocaine by Boat

Globo reported on July 25, 2013 that the Federal Court convicted six people who were arrested last year for transporting 270kg of cocaine by sailboat in in the Port of Trapiche in Luis Correia, Piaui. The suspects were caught by the Federal Police in conjunction with the help of the Brazilian Navy. The men face […]

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Jundiaí, Brazil: Six Detained for Drug Trafficking and Counterfeit Money

Terra reported on July 23, 2013 that the Dise (Precinct Investigations Narcotics) discovered a distribution center in Jundiaí where police seized cocaine, hydroponic marijuana, crack, drugs ready for sale, as well as R$30,000 in counterfeit bills. The value of the drugs is estimated at R$150,000. Police arrested six suspects. Since March, DIse reports that 70% […]

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Paraíba, Brazil: Suspects Detained Use Government Money for Fraud Internet Program

On July 20, 2013 Globo reported that the Federal Police arrested 23 suspects for misusing more than R$ 1 million of public money for an internet program (Jampa Digital Project) designed to bring free internet to the city of Joao Pessoa. Instead, the money was used to pay for campaign expenses. The suspects arrested include […]

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Amazonas, Brazil: Suspects Detained for Transporting Drugs in Boat

On July 18, 2013, Globo reported that the Federal Police confiscated 100 kilograms of drugs and detained 8 individuals including Brazilians, Peruvians, and Colombians. Police claim the drugs; hydrochloride, cocaine base paste, and marijuana were hidden in a canoe leaving from Peru to Fonte Boa near Manaus, Brazil. The suspects are currently awaiting trial. Read […]

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Parana, Brazil: Drug Traffickers Detained for Transporting 100 pounds of Drugs

odiaro.com.br reported on July 16, 2013 that the Federal Police in Mauá da Serra arresed two drug traffickers for transporting 100 pounds of drugs from Campo Grande to Curitiba. The suspects; a Brazilian and Paraguayan, showed suspicion when pulled over and questioned by police. The driver claims to receive U.S. $ 12,000 to deliver the […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Police Arrest 33 Suspects for Drug Trafficking in Rocinha Favela

Globo reported on July 15, 2013 that after numerous hours of wiretapping and the use of camera surveillance, 33 people were arrested in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, accused of involvement in drug trafficking operations. The revealed conversations do not conclude whether there was police involvement with traffickers although the investigation does not […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: Police Arrested for Assisting Drug Traffickers

Globo reported on July 16, 2013 that seven police officers who worked for the Department for Combating Drug Trafficking (DENARC) in São Paulo were arrested for drug trafficking conspiracy. According to police, thirteen officers in total are involved although only seven have been arrested. The officers received a R$300,000 bribe a year to inform the […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Frenchman Detained for Drug Trafficking

Globo reported on July 7, 2013 that the Federal Police in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil arrested Frenchman Marc Alain François Beauchamp for international drug trafficking. The man was sentenced in Paris to three years of imprisonment and was ordered for extradition in 2011. In response to his charges, the man will plead for house arrest. […]

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Brazil and Spain Conduct Joint-Operation Against Human Trafficking

Terra reported on July 7, 2013 that the Federal Police with the help of the Spanish police conducted “Operation Nymphs” both in Brazil and Spain against a gang suspected of trafficking woman. The gang is responsible for exploiting Brazilian women in Spain by promising work and instead forcing prostitution. Nine arrests were made in two […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Man at Airport Smuggles Cocaine Capsules in Intestines

On July 7, 2013 Globo reported that a man was detained at the Tom Jobin International Airport in Rio de Janeiro for trying to smuggle 28 capsules of cocaine in his intestines. The suspect denied carrying cocaine until a CT scan confirmed the capsules. The police confiscated in total 265 grams of cocaine. The flight […]

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Porto Alegre, Brazil: Spanish Native Detained at Airport for Smuggling Cocaine

zerohora.clicrbs.com.br reported on July 8, 2013 that a Spanish native was arrested at the Salgado Filho airport in Port Alegre, accused of smuggling 3.6 kilograms of cocaine to Porto, Portugal. Agents of the Center for Air Policing detained the individual due to his reaction of being questioned. Police are still uncertain the origin of the […]

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Poconé, Brazil: Bolivian Pilot Arrested for Transporting 413 kg of Cocaine

circuitomt.com.br reported on July 5, 2013 that the Federal Police and other government agencies arrested in Poconé, Mato Grosso, a Bolivian pilot accused of transporting 413 kilograms of cocaine via aircraft. The suspect managed to escape after the seizure of drugs this past Tuesday (2). During the operation, two suspects: the co-pilot and another victim […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: Lab Producing 800 kgs of Drugs is Shutdown by Police

Globo reported on July 5, 2013 that a police operation shut down a drug laboratory in Santo Antônio de Posse, São Paulo, suspected to produce up to 800 kilograms of drugs. During the operation, police confiscated 100 kilos of cocaine as well as 300 liters of sulfuric acid, acetone, and other chemicals. The police arrested […]

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Alagoas, Brazil: Gang Accused of Embezzlement and Other Corruptive Crimes

On July 5, 2013, an operation by Gecoc and the Federal Police arrested five people accused of fraud, forgery, conspiracy, and embezzling public funds in Alagoas. The group of suspects embezzled R$949,476.50 from the public treasury. Amongst three of the suspects who are still fugitives is the former mayor of União dos Palmares, Areski Freitas […]

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Goiás, Brazil: Couple Uses School Van to Transport Drugs

Globo reported on July 5, 2013 that a 37-year old man and his 26-year old wife were both detained earlier this week for using a school van to traffic drugs in Goiás. The police seized 105 kilograms of marijuana. The arrest was a result of an operation by the State Police Narcotics Suppression (Denarc) in […]

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Sao Paulo, Brazil: 700 kgs of Cocaine Hidden in Truck Transporting Sugar

On July 4, 2013 Globo reported that the Highway Patrol Police in Ituverava, Sao Paulo, confiscated 700 kilograms of cocaine in a truck transporting sugar. The drugs were wrapped in plastic bags and hidden amongst items within the truck. Police report the truck was traveling from Uberaba, Mato Grosso to Porto do Santos, Sao Paulo. […]

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Ponta Pora, Brazil: Drug Traffickers Detained for Smuggling Cocaine

Globo reported on July 3, 2013 that the Civil Police in Ponta Pora, Mato Grosso do Sul, detained three suspects part of gang led by the largest drug dealer in the Federal District of Brasilia. The suspects are accused of receiving and transporting cocaine from other countries such as Bolivia, Colombia, and Paraguay to the […]

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Mato Grosso, Brazil: Police Seize 400 kg of Drugs on Airplane from Bolivia

On July 3, 2013 Globo reported that a Federal Police operation in Poconé, Mato Grosso confiscated 400 pounds of drugs on an airplane from Bolivia. The police intercepted the plane as drug traffickers were unloading the drugs. The police seized US $500,000 hidden in bag that was possibly used for to pay for the drugs. […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: Police Shut Down Drug Laboratory

Globo reported on July 3, 2013 that the Military Police closed down a drug laboratory in Gaul, São Paulo. Two men were accused and detained for drug trafficking. On site, police seized 1.3 pounds of cocaine, 10 kg of different substances that are used to increase the amount of narcotics, a gun, ammunition, and other […]

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Rondônia, Brazil: Police Officer Suspected of Fraud in DMV System

Globo reported on June 1, 2013 that Civil Police investigations in Rondônia detained a police officer accused of fraud. The police officer is suspected of issuing false national licenses from the Department of Motor Vehicles. According to police, two gangs are suspected of fraud for selling false documents up to R$4,000 and lowering fines and […]

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Mato Grosso, Brazil: 72-year old Detained for Transporting Cocaine

Globo reported on June 1, 2013 that the Federal Highway Police seized 239 kilograms of cocaine base paste in a truck transported by a 72-year old man on BR-163 in Mato Grosso. Inside the truck, police discovered several plastic bags with drugs ready to be distributed as well as R$4,600 in cash. The truck driver […]

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Cuiabá, Brazil: Corrupted Police Officials Involved in Drug Trafficking Scheme

On June 27, 2013, a police commissioner and a civil police investigator were both arrested during ‘Operation Destruction’ in Cuiabá for drug trafficking association. The two men are accused of protecting drug traffickers and assisting in negotiations to release them in return for benefits from the drug leaders. The investigation began seven months ago in […]

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Belem, Brazil: Family Members Detained for Drug Trafficking Activity Between Colombia and Brazil

Globo reported on June 27, 2013 that Federal and Civil Police detained six people from the same family in Belem, accused of international drug trafficking. The investigation began in October 2012 in which police confirm the drugs were stored on an island about 40 minutes from Belem. Members of this family were arrested before in […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Spaniard Detained for Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Activity on Three Continents

Terra reported on June 27, 2013 that a Spaniard living in Brazil since 2009 was detained in Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, accused of drug trafficking on three different continents as well money laundering. Federal police arrested the suspect, Oliver Martin Ortiz da Zarate, during Operation Monte Perdido with the help of Portuguese […]

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Acre, Brazil: Three Suspects Arrested for Transporting Drugs from Peru

Globo reported on June 22, 203 that the Federal Police of Cruzeiro do Sul in Acre, detained three suspects for transporting 70 pounds of drugs from Peru to sell in the region. The Federal Police have been investigating the case for the past two months. The drug traffickers were using vessels to transport the drugs […]

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Pará, Brazil: Police Operation in 20 Cities Detains 45 Suspects Accused of Drug Trafficking

Globo reported on June 21, 2013 that police operation “Combat II” with 76 arrest warrants, detained 45 suspects accused of drug trafficking and illegal possession of weapons and firearms in Pará. This operation occurred in 20 cities in which police confiscated cocaine, marijuana, shotguns, gunpowder, ammunition, and cash among other items. Some of the cities […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Military Officers Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Association

agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br reported on June 19, 2013 that the Justice of São Pedro da Aldeia sentenced 11 military officers and 13 other suspects accused of drug trafficking in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro. The military officers were accused of accepting bribes to not arrest and convict traffickers in drug communities responsible for supplying the […]

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Minas Gerais, Brazil: 870 kg of marijuana seized by Federal Highway Police

On June 18, 2013, Globo reported that the Federal Highway Police; part of “Operation Confederation Cup” meant to patrol the main highways of the country during the event, confiscated 936 tablets of marijuana (870 kg) in Fernão Dias, Minas Gerais. The driver who was arrested claimed the drugs were being transported to Belo Horizonte and […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Head Trafficker in Rio Favela is Detained

diariodovale.uol.com.br reported on June 16, 2013 that the head drug trafficker in the favelas of Manguinhos and Mandela in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro was arrested on the Presidente Dutra Highway on his way to São Paulo. Wallace Carlos da Conceicao; known as “Churrasquinho”, is considered one of the most wanted criminals in […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: Egyptian Suspected of Killing Private Driver

Globo reported on June 17, 2013 that an Egyptian man was arrested on Sunday (16) in the north zone of São Paulo, accused of killing a private driver and turning the victim’s car into a taxi. The suspect confessed to killing the victim; Adriano Lopes da Fonseca, to use his car to make money as […]

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Nova Venda, Brazil: Gang Suspected of Multiple Murders in Region is Captured

otempo.com.br reported on June 30, 2013 that the Civil Police arrested three men and four women suspected to be responsible for at least eight murders in the region of Nova Venda. The investigation began eight-months ago. Police arrested the suspects after a fight about trafficking between two gangs in the region. The leader of the […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Police Operation Seizes R$30,000 in Drugs

On June 6, 2013, Globo reported that the civil and military police of Barra Mansa, Rio de Janeiro; through “Operation Recovering Luck”, detained five suspects accused of drug trafficking. Police were investigating the suspects since April 2013. Upon seizure, police confiscated R$30,000 of cocaine, crack, marijuana, firearms, ammunition, and cell phones. According to police, for […]

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Pará, Brazil: 26 Suspects Detained for Theft Charges

Globo reported on June 6, 2013 that Operation Asphalt Pirates; conducted by the Federal Police, arrested 26 suspects accused of cargo theft. Two police officers of Pará and Minas Gerais were involved in the scandal. The investigation; with the help of 200 police officers, began in February of last year, with criminal members in Goiás, […]

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Pará, Brazil: Police Seize 155 Blocks of Crack from Drug Traffickers

On June 5, 2013, Globo reported the Civil and Military Police detained five suspects accused of drug trafficking activity in Almeirim, Pará. Four of the suspects are considered members of a drug trafficking organization in the region. One of the suspects by the name of Maranhão, is considered one of the main dealers in the […]

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Minas Gerais, Brazil: Operation to Prevent Criminal Activity Detains 55 Suspects

otempo.com.br reported on June 4, 2013 that Operation “Secure Currencies”; a joint task conducted by various government agencies, detained 55 individuals in Minas Gerais in attempt to prevent the entry of drugs, weapons, explosives, and other illegal objects into the state. During the operation, 7,465 drivers were questioned and about 5,000 vehicles were stopped and […]

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Brasilia, Brazil: Police Detain Head Cocaine Trafficker in Region

Globo reported on June 3, 2013, that on Sunday (2), the Civil Police arrested eight suspects; including one man known as Wesley do Espírito Santo assumed to be the main cocaine trafficker in the Federal District. The police report, the seizure of 110 kilograms of cocaine is considered the largest seizure of cocaine in the […]

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Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: Adolescent Involvement in Drug Trafficking Increases 192%

zerohora.clicrbs.com.br reported on June 2, 2013 that in Rio Grande do Sul, adolescent involvement in drug trafficking has significantly increased by 192% between March 2008 and March 2013; from 51 to 149 teenagers. The typical age is between 15 and 16-years old. According to experts, the increase is related to the drug market thriving in […]

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Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: Couple Detained for Selling Synthetic Drugs at Raves

Terra reported on June 1, 2013 that the Civil Police of Rio Grande do Sul, detained a 26-year old man and a 28-year woman accused of selling synthetic drugs at raves in Porto Alegre. The arrest was a result of “Operation End Party”; a three-month investigation to patrol illegal activity in the area. Police seized […]

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Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil: Police Operation to Combat Drug Trafficking in Prisons

Terra reported on May 31, 2013 that the Civil Police of Rio Grande do Norte ended “Operation Elefante Branco” (White Elephant) after arresting 40 suspects accused of supplying drugs from Ceará to Rio Grande do Norte. Police discovered that the gang conducted all purchases, sales, and distributions of the drugs between inmates from within prisons […]

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Paraná, Brazil: Police Confiscate R$ 21 Million in Smuggled Goods

londrina.odiario.com reported on May 31, 2013 that the Battalion Border Police confiscated more than R$ 21 million in smuggled goods over the past 10 months. The commander of the battalion states all seizures do not only reflect the success of combating illegal activity in the areas of Paraná, but of areas all over the country, […]

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Porto Velho, Brazil: Portuguese Travelers Detained at Airport for Smuggling Cocaine

rondoniadinamica.com reported on May 30, 2013, that on Tuesday (28) the Federal Police arrested two Portuguese travelers at the Porto Velho airport for smuggling 4 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride strapped to their bodies. The couple traveled to Rondônia to purchase cocaine in Bolivia to sell in Vigo, Spain. Read Article

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Goiás, Brazil: Most Wanted Arrested During Police Drug Trafficking Operation

Globo reported on May 30, 2013, that five people were detained and three minors were seized during an operation to patrol drug trafficking activity and homicides in the city of Goiás, Pernambuco. The operation, conducted by civil and military police, confiscated four guns, three 38 revolvers, and a 12 gauge shotgun. As well, 82 bags […]

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Cuiabá, Brazil: School Teacher Detained on Charges for Raping 3 Students

Globo reported on May 29, 2013 that a 43-year old math teacher was arrested and accused for raping three students in a state school in Cuiabá. The Specialized Police to Defend the Rights of the Child and Adolescent report that the three victims; 8, 10, and 13, were sexually abused in the basement of the […]

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Fortaleza, Brazil: Police Arrest 2 Suspects Transporting 700 kg of Drugs

opovo.com.br reported on May 30, 2013, that the federal police yesterday (29) engaged in the largest drug seizure of this year in Ceará. More than 700 kg of drugs were confiscated in two trucks on the BR-116 in Fortaleza. As well, police seized artifact arson used for explosion in case of a police checkpoint. The […]

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Natal, Brazil: “Operation Alma Doente” Combats Drug Trafficking Organization

tribunadonorte.com.br reported on May 28, 2013 that the Specialized Police in Narcotics released results of “Operation Alma Doente” (Sick Soul), which was intended to combat a drug trafficking organization in Natal and other areas in the state, Rio Grande do Norte. The organization has high active involvement in the drug trade in the state as […]

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Minas Gerais, Brazil: Federal Police Operation Combats Corruption of Public Resources

ebc.com.br reported on May 27, 2013 that Operation-Vereda Hinterland conducted by one hundred federal police officials this morning, worked to remove a criminal organization in Minas Gerais, accused of misusing public resources. The Federal Police report such illegal activity included businessmen, civil servants, and politicians diverting resources from specific funds such as for road maintenance. […]

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Paraná, Brazil: Police Operation Arrests 24 Suspects for Drug Trafficking

On May 23, 2013, Globo reported that a Civil Police operation in Toledo, Brazil, arrested 24 people for involvement in drug trafficking. Chief delegate Antonio Donizete Botelho, stated that investigations revealed that several individuals had a connection of buying marijuana and cocaine from Paraguay to sell in the region and in other cities in Paraná. […]

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Paraiba, Brazil: Cowboy Detained For Raping 60-year old Man

Globo reported on May 14, 2013 that a 26-year old cowboy was arrested this past Monday (13) for raping and sexually assaulting a 60-year old man with a piece of wood in Paraiba. The suspect entered the man’s house on Sunday and committed the crime. He claimed he was drunk at the time of the […]

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El Salvador: Fugitive human trafficker caught in San Miguel

Alvaro Enrique Reyes Reyes (36) was arrested in San Miguel, El Salvador, wanted for the crime of human trafficking. He was carrying three thousand dollars in cash at the time of the arrest, according to the National Police of El Salvador website. He also carried two cell phones. Details about his crimes were not reported. […]

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150 million pesos worth of heroin seized in Colombia

The police department of Risaralda, Colombia seized eight kilos of heroin worth 150 million pesos. Two men and two women were arrested during the operation, La Tarde reports. They are suspected of involvement in a drug trafficking ring that uses cars to camouflage the drugs. The operation occurred in the sector known as La Postrera, […]

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Paraguayans arrested while trafficking drugs in Argentina

Two Paraguayan men were arrested in the town of Recreo, Santa Fe, Argentina yesterday for transporting 190 kilos of marijuana hidden in the floor of their truck, according to telam.com.ar. The Ford Ranger pickup truck was stopped during a routine traffic check on Route 11 when police noticed the men were extremely nervous. After searching […]

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Lima, Peru: Police Arrest Taca Airline Crew-Member With Drugs

According to Peru21.pe a Taca Airline crewmember was detained by police of the Dirandro Unit in the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Friday August 12th. Police say he was trying to leave the country with 2 kilos of drugs, cocaine and opium. The crewmember, Ricardo Velasquez Luque was arrested while in the international departures […]

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Quito, Ecuador: UNASE Operation Frees Rabi, Captors Demanded Ransom

According to ElUniverso.com the Anti-Kidnapping and Extortion Unit of the Ecuadorian police on August 4th, freed a Jewish Rabbi Yishak Tom Rotem Yosef after three days held by kidnappers. Police say his wife reported the rabbi’s kidnapping on the 1st of August when she received messages and a video in which the kidnappers demanded a […]

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Juliaca, Peru: Police Seize More Than 14 Kilos of Cocaine

According to RPP.com.pe police seized over 14 kilos of hydrochloride cocaine inside a house in Juliaca. Police say the drugs were in 14 packages, wrapped in duct tape, beige tape and duct tape. During the operation three people were arrested, two women, ages 60 and 35 and a man, 20, whose identities have not been […]

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Student Protests Result in 874 Arrests, Santiago, Chile

•The student protests in Santiago, Chile have resulted in 874 arrests of protestors and 90 injured police officers. •Elpais.com.co reports that the protestors utilized the “cacerolazo*” form of protest used during the dictatorship of Pinochet. •Andrés Chadwick, the official spokesperson of the Chilean government, defended the actions of the police as necessary and had foreseen […]

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U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil Denounces Online Money Scam

According to ElComercio.com the Guayas Prosecutors Office is continuing with the investigation into an online wire fraud case that used the name of the U.S. Consulate in illegal business transactions. Four months ago U.S. Consulate officials denounced the alleged online scam. The Guayas prosecutor says when a person put their house on sale they would […]

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Manabi, Ecuador: Police Find Cocaine Lab

ElComercio.com reports Ecuadorian police discovered a lab dedicated to cocaine preparation today, Monday August 1st in an undercover operation in the province of Manabi. Officers say members of the Anti-Narcotics unit found the lab in a house in the zone of Montecristi. An unidentified officer says one person was arrested while weapons and chemicals were […]

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Mexico: Authorities Break Up Another Kidnapping Gang in Tabasco

Members of the 17th Infantry Battalion in Tabasco captured five members of the gang known as “Los Sastré,” Milenio reports. The gang is responsible for several kidnappings and murders throughout the state. The operation began July 12, when a search warrant was issued for the gang members following the kidnapping of a person from the […]

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Trujillo, Peru: Police Capture ‘Gringasho,’ Youngest Peruvian Assassin

According to Peru21.pe, Peruvian National Police have captured the youngest assassin of Peru called ‘Gringasho,’ while traveling in a station wagon with the plate number P1G-169, in Trujillo. Police say he was caught with two other youths, nicknamed ‘Pelao’ and ‘Jerson’ and two weapons. Agents of the Directorate of Special Operations (Diroes) were dispatched to […]

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Lima, Peru: New Point of Human Trafficking Networks

Peru21.pe reports that Lima has become a new haven for networks of human trafficking. Police say in the last couple of weeks they have raided about 71 nightclubs where women, including minors, have been sexually exploited. Police add the raids were in the Cercado area of Lima. Officials of the Official Registry System of Human […]

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Chile, students arrested during protest

Twenty-three students were arrested yesterday in Santiago, Chile for disorderly conduct during a student protest for better public education, reports abc.com.py. The march led to the UNICEF building in the Las Condes neighborhood, where students attempted to break in and overrun the offices. A similar, more peaceful, protest took place in early June when students […]

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Tulcan, Ecuador: Falsified Pills Found in Raids

ElNorte.ec reports on Tuesday, July 19th altered medication was found in two houses in the south of Tulcan by the Ecuadorian National Police. Officials say a secret lab was also discovered. Police say tools and equipment for the manufacturing of altered medication were found in the two places. Additionally, police say in the first location […]

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Peruvian Police Seize Bolivian Auto With $237,000, Cocaine Residue

According to ElComercio.pe agents of the Peruvian National Police seized a Bolivian truck traveling on the Desaguadero-Moquegua road, license plate 1800AXA, in which agents found $237,000 with adhesions of cocaine. Puno police officials report that the semi-trailer was traveling from La Paz, Bolivia to Matarani, Peru transporting soybean meal. Officials say police found a bag […]

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Buenos Aires police officer arrested for killing a young man, possibly drunk

A Buenos Aires police officer has been arrested after allegedly being drunk and shooting and killing 30-year-old Damián Romero early this morning outside of La Casona, a club on Sarmiento Ave., according to infobae.com. A fight started between a group of young men, including Romero, outside the club, where the police officer sat in his […]

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Peru: Criminal Impersonating Police Commander ‘Pepeo’, Captured

According to Peru21.pe Walter Torpoco Manrique was arrested yesterday, Tuesday, July 19th by the robbery division of Dirincri, a Peruvian police unit. Officials say a year ago Manrique, 61, was released from the Lurigancho prison, but continued committing crimes. Since January, Manrique has stolen 15,000 nuevo soles as fictitious police commander, ‘Pepeo’. Officials say in […]

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Lima, Peru: Four Arrested in Connection with Death of Policeman

According to Peru21.pe the Homicide Investigation Division (Divinhom) in Lima have arrested and charged four people, including a police officer, Jonathan Vargas Cristobal, for the death of Alejandro Morales Chuecas, who was killed during an assault on Sandoval pharmacy in the center of Lima. Officials say the robbery occurred on July 2nd, in which Morales’s […]

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Quito, Ecuador: 6 People Arrested Carrying Weapons

According to ElComercio.com six people were arrested in Carcelen, located in the north of Quito, Thursday July 14th. Police say they confiscated two nine-millimeter pistols of the brands Taurus and Smith & Wesson, 50 ammunitions, two feeders, money totaling $1,200, and eight cell phones during the arrest. Witnesses say that residents in Carcelen called police […]

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Lima, Peru: Police Arrest 18 for Disorderly Conduct in Transportation Strike

According to ElComercio.pe police have arrested 18 strikers for disorderly conduct on Wednesday July 13th. Police say they detained the strikers for disrupting traffic and assaulting drivers who were not participating in the strike. In districts like San Juan de Lurigancho, which has thousands of people who work in the center of Lima, there is […]

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Seize cocaine in Bolivia, third largest producer of the drug

Chief of Bolivia’s anti-drug police force, Colonel Gonzalo Quezada, announced today that 543 kilos of cocaine were seized in 2 operations in the last 48 hours, per abc.com.py. The first operation took place in the Santa Cruz region and involved a plane that was carrying 363 kilos of cocaine to Brazil. Gunfire was exchanged, but […]

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Woman Tries to Sneak Out Incarcerated Boyfriend in Luggage, Mexico

•During a conjugal visit, María del Carmen Arjona Rivero attempted to sneak her boyfriend, Juan Ramírez Tijerina, out of the Centro de Readaptación Social in a piece of luggage. •El Espectador reports that authorities at the facility in Chetumal, Quitana Roo, were suspicious of the luggage’s abnormally large bulge. •When asked about it, she replied […]

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Retired Fujimori SIN Arrested With Drugs and Weapons in Dominican Republic

According to LaRepublica.pe Maximo Villoslada Angulo, a retired coronel from the police forces of Peru and the Dominican Republic was arrested on drug and illegal arms charges in Santo Domingo, D.R with another Dominican citizen. Angulo was living on the D.R Air Force Base. Police say after a vehicle search, where military exclusive weapons and […]

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‘Anonymous’ Member Who Coordinated Latin American Attacks Arrested

According to lavozdeasturias.es the Anonymous member who coordinated web attacks on Latin American government organizations, was arrested in a sting operation on May 20th. La Voz acquired access to court sealed documents where the suspect is being charged with electronic crimes and illicit association to a cyber terrorist group. The suspect, alias Devnuller, hid the […]

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