Minas Gerais, Brazil: Police Remove Prostitution Ring and Arrest Gang Leaders

On September 6, 2013 Globo reported that the civil police removed a prostitution ring operating in Belo Horizonte and Minas Gerais. The police detained a couple accused of leading the ring, as well as confiscating two luxury cars, and more than 300 cell phones. Police received calls from the seized phones about potential customers receiving such services. 50 women were part of the prostitution ring. The operation, “Operation World Cup II” is in reference to the upcoming World Cup’s initiative to take action against sexual exploitation. Read Article

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Brazil: 7 Suspects Detained for Diverting R$47.5 million in Public Funds

estadao.com.br reported on September 3, 2013 that the Federal Police launched “Operation Pronto Emprego” to combat the diversion of public funds (R$47.5 million) granted by the Ministry of Labor and Employment. The police arrested seven suspects including an aid to the secretary of the Ministry of Labor who was arrested in a hotel in Sao […]

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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 […]

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Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: Suspects and companies indicted on charges for issuing false environmental permits

On August 30, 2013 Terra reported that 49 people and seven companies were indicted by the Federal Police for suspicion of fraudulent activity in Rio Grande do Sul. The suspects, accused of issuing false environmental permits, are charged with crimes of money laundering, forgery, and conspiracy among others. Among those arrested included businessman, public servants, […]

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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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Amazonas, Brazil: Mayor Accused of Corruption and Sexual Exploitation Testifies to CPI

Globo reported on August 27, 2013 that the mayor of Coari, Adail Pinheiro, testified against sexual exploitation charges. According to the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission of Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents (CPI), Pinheiro was part of a network for sexually exploiting minors. Federal prosecutors report hearing contradictions in Pinheiro’s statements however wiretaps conducted by the […]

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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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Bahia, Brazil: Businessman Detained on Sexual Exploitation and Prostitution Charges

Terra reported on August 23, 2013 that a businessman who worked as a distributor for Feijão Tozzo was arrested on Wednesday (22) for prostituting dozen of teens in Salvador, Bahia. The man is accused of committing the crime for the past 10 years and is arrested on charges of prostitution and sexual exploitation. During arrest, […]

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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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Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Belo Horizonte Report the Highest Number of Disappearance Cases

Globo reported on August 20, 2013 that the states of Salvador, Belo Horizonte, and Rio de Janeiro have the highest number of disappearance cases. In Salvador, 70 disappearance cases occur per month as 80% are solve through police investigations. Minas Gerais is second to Rio de Janeiro for missing cases of children and adolescents. The […]

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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Smuggling Activity Results in R$19 million Seized

On August 19, 2013 Globo reported that the Federal Highway Police in Mato Grosso do Sul have confiscated R$19 million worth of contraband goods this year, more than half being cigarettes. In total, 400 vehicles have been seized over the past two years for either smuggling or embezzlement. As police have tightened the border between […]

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Manaus, Brazil: Seven Suspects Detained, Including Former Police Officer

On August 16, 2013 Globo reported that seven people were arrested, once including a former police officer during Operation “Alliance”. The suspects are accused of involvement in drug trafficking activity in the city of Manaus, Amazonas. The investigation began about two months ago in response to complaints by members of the community. During the operation, […]

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João Pessoa, Brazil: 25 Suspects, Including Inmates Detained for Drug Trafficking

Globo reported on August 16, 2013 that 25 people were arrested during Operation Scarface” for drug trafficking in João Pessoa, Paraíba. Five suspects remain escapees. Of the 25 people detained, 20 are inmates. Police report that the gang is accused of interstate drug trafficking, homicide, and conspiracy. The gang is known for killing off their […]

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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Police Discover Arsenal on Cassava Plantation

Globo report on August 16, 2013 that the Civil, Military, and Federal Police located an arsenal on a cassava plantation in the city of São José do Pingador, Mato Grosso do Sul. The police discovered about three thousand ammunition of different calibers as well as firearms buried in a polyethylene drum to store narcotics. One […]

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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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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Suspects Face Prison for Rape of American Tourist

Globo reported on August 15, 2013 that the court of the state of Rio de Janeiro sentenced three suspects accused of raping an American tourist in Copacabana on March 30 of this year. The three suspects raped the American tourist in a van while her French boyfriend was handcuffed and beaten with an iron bar. […]

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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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Uberlândia, Brazil: Suspects Detained for Selling Synthetic Drugs at Nightclubs

Globo reported on August 13, 2013 that the civil police of Uberlândia confiscated about 260 stamps of LSD (which is believed to have come from India), cocaine, marijuana, loló (numbing fluid mixed with chloroform) and other materials used for drug trafficking. Among the three suspects detained, one suspect was discovered with 50 tablets of ecstasy. […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Favela Residents Protest Against Disappearance of New Victim

On August 14, 2013 Globo reported that due to the disappearance and confirmed death of a 17 year old in a Penha favela in Rio de Janeiro, members of the community responded with violence. Accusing the Police Pacification Unit to be responsible for the teenager’s death, residents forced roads to close, set three buses on […]

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Paraíba, Brazil: Police Arrest 5 Suspects and Seize Drugs

On August 2012, the civil police participated in an operation led by the Delegation of Narcotics Repression (DRE) in João Pessoa, Paraíba. Police arrested five individuals and confiscated 10kg of cannabis, 4kg of crack, and 500g of cocaine. One of the suspects arrested was a dealer within a prison, responsible for conducting drug deliveries. Police […]

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Brazil: Engineer for Petrobras Reveals Corruption Scheme in Company

Globo reported on August 10, 2013 that Época magazine received information from João Henrique Augusto Rezende, a Petrobras engineer and former director of BR Distribuidora about a corruption scheme in Petrobras. According to Augusto, who oversaw all international agreements, 60% to 70% of earning from the Petrobras was used towards parliamentarians in the PMDB and […]

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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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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Police Discover 443 kilograms of Cocaine Hydrochloride

Globo reported on August 9, 2013 that the Federal Police and the Special Border Security force confiscated 443 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride in Vila Bela Holy Trinity, Mato Grosso do Sul. An aircraft directed to a farm designated for delivery delivered the drug. Police report the amount of drugs seized is valued at around R$20 […]

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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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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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Amapá, Brazil: National Event Addresses Crime and Border Security Concerns

Globo reported on August 7, 2013 that the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security of Amapá will host a national event between August 13 and August 15 in Oiapoque to present ENAFRON; a program designed to combat crimes in states along the border with fellow South American countries. The meeting […]

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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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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Police Operation Searches Rochina Favela for Missing Man

Globo reported on August 7, 2013 that about 40 officers from the Homicide Division as well as firefighters searched the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro in attempt to locate Amarildo de Souza who went missing on July 14. Police received a tip that the body was somewhere within the favela, far from the Pacifying […]

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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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São Paulo, Brazil: 25 policemen sentenced 624 years for murder in Carandiru Massacre

surgiu.com.br reported on August 3, 2013 that a jury in São Paulo convicted 25 military police men to 634 years in prison for killing 52 prisoners during the Carandiru Massacre on October 2, 1992. In total, 111 people were killed. Each defendant answered to the use of self-defense in response to the massacre. This is […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: 28 suspects detained for supplying drugs within the state

Globo reported on August 2, 2013 that police arrested twenty-eight suspects for drug trafficking in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo. The gang members are accused of supplying drugs in 1500 areas within the state. One of the leaders of the gang is suspected of conducting criminal activity from inside prison. The drugs were supplied […]

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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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São Paulo, Brazil: Drug Seizures Increase

Globo reported on July 31, 2013 that the number of drugs seized in Midwest Paulista, São Paulo has increased. Drug traffickers continue to use trucks to transport large quantities. Police report traffickers hide drugs in gas tanks and in the tires. Particular highways have become major targets for police because the drugs enter from Paraguay […]

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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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Ferraz, Brazil: 100 kilos of drugs seized at drug refinery house

Globo reported on July 25, 2013 that the Military Police discovered a drug refinery in an upscale house in Ferraz de Vasconcelos, Sao Paulo. Inside, police seized about 100 kilos of drugs including marijuana and cocaine ready for sale. In addition to drugs, the police discovered two sport cars with an estimated value of R$70,000. […]

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Paraná, Brazil: Police Report Drug and Counterfeit Seizures in Border Regions

On July 24, 2013 ilustrado.com.br reported that within a year the Battalion Border Police in Paraná confiscated about 2 tons of drugs, counterfeit items valued at R$25 million, and more than five thousand packages of smuggled cigarettes valued at R$1.8 million. Many of the seizures have occurred in border areas of Argentina and Paraguay. Commander […]

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Sao Paulo, Brazil: Bomb discovered on site where Pope is expected to visit

Globo reported on July 22, 2013 that security forces (including the Air Force) prepared for the visit of Pope Francisco, discovered a bomb inside a bathroom at the Santuário Nacional in Aparecida, Sao Paulo. The bomb, wrapped in plastic tape, is considered to have a “low potential for harm”. In preparation of the Pope’s visit […]

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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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Amazonas, Brazil: Mayor Suspected of Sexual Exploitation Activity

jornaldamidia.com.br reported on July 21, 2013 that the mayor of Coari, Amazonas is being investigated by the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents for running a network with fellow public officials to sexually exploit teenage girls. The mayor is suspected of paying between R$2,000 and R$3,000 for virgin girls 12-14 years old. The mayor has […]

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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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Salvador, Brazil: Joint Operation to End Counterfeit Trade

Globo reported on July 18, 2013 that the IRS and the police in Salvador, Bahia, conducted a joint operation to end the trade of illegally imported, counterfeit products. Products included cell phones, CDs, DVDs, watches, shoes, among other items. Police report that the items seized valued at around R$200,000. Read Article

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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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Amapa, Brazil: Military Police Officer Charged with Providing Information to Traffickers

Globo reported on July 7, 2013 that Military Police officer Marcelo Cavalcante of Amapa, Amazonas was charged for providing information to traffickers about civil and military investigations on drug trafficking in Macapa. Cavalcante was head of operations for the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE) prior to dismissal. Information provided to traffickers by Cavalcante allowed traffickers to […]

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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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Amazonas, Brazil: Suspects Arrested for Sexually Exploiting Indigenous Children

On July 3, 2013 Globo reported that the Federal Prosecutor in Amazonas arrested ten suspects accused of sexual exploitation against indigenous children and adolescents of São Gabriel da Cachoeira. The suspects as well, are accused of producing pornographic videos of these indigenous children. 16 children confirmed to being victims of abuse, rape, and sexual exploitation. […]

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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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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Increased Presence of Traffickers Raises Fear Amongst Community Residents

On July 2, 2013 Globo reported that the level of fear for residents of Morro da Covanca in Rio de Janeiro has increased as the number of criminals and traffickers in the community has risen. Many residents claim they are being forced out of their homes and of the community and are afraid to address […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 5,500 People Protest in Favela Against Police Violence

Terra reported on July 2, 2013 that 5,500 residents of the Maré favela in Rio de Janeiro protested in the street against a police operation last week that killed 10 people. Protesters are demanding a formal apology from the state governor as well as an end to violent operations between criminals and police in these […]

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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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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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Pará, Brazil: Indians Release Hostages After Government Negotiations

Globo reported on June 24, 2013 that Mundurukú Indians in Jacareacanga, Pará, released three hostages who were captured on Friday (21) after negotiations with the Federal government agreed to suspend environmental studies in anticipation of building two power plants in the region. The three hostages are researchers who work for Eletrobras. The Indians seized all […]

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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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Goianira, Brazil: Teacher Accused of Rape is Civil Guard of Capital

expressomt.com.br reported on June 10, 2013 that the 44-year old elementary school teacher who was arrested on Saturday (8) for charges of raping at least 18 students in Goianira; 32 km from Goiânia, was as well, sub-inspector of the Civil Guard of the capital. Holding two public offices is considered illegal. The victims of the […]

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Indigenous People in Brazil Murdered Increases by 269%

ultimosegundo.ig.com.br reported on June 7, 2013, that the number of indigenous people murdered, increased by 269% during the Lula and Dilma administration, compared to the eight-year term of Fernando Henrique Cardoso. The Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) reported that during the Cardoso administration, there was an average of 20.8 deaths per year compared to Lula with […]

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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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Brazil: Use of Scanners Along the Border to Combat Organized Crime

On June 3, 2013, Terra reported that President Dilma announced the use of mobile scanners to help combat organized crime along border areas. The modernized scanners will be able to detect drugs and weapons inside trucks, cars, as well as drugs hidden in tires. The federal government will spend R$30 million to border states to […]

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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 de Janeiro, Brazil: German Tourist Shot in Rocinha Favela

alagoas24horas.com.br reported on June 1, 2013, that a German tourist was shot in the Rocinha favela in the city of Rio de Janeiro. According to UPP officers, the German tourist and his friend visited the Christ the Redeemer statue and then decided to tour the favela. An armed man in an alley surprised the two […]

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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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Maceio, Brazil: Suspect in Favela Arrested for Murder Accusations

Globo reported on May 30, 2013 that the National Police Force and Homicide Division in Maceio arrested a suspect known as “Monster” in Favela Mundaú. Cristiano Silva dos Santos, who goes by the name “Monster”, is accused of viciously murdering at least 20 people in the favela. Other members of his gang have been detained. […]

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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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Amazonas, Brazil: R$4 Million in Fines For Environmental Crimes

Globo reported on May 28, 2013 that in nine days, the Institute of Environmental Protection of the Amazonas will charge more than R$ 4 million fines for a mission designed to patrol and combat illegal logging in Amazonas. Violators found transporting three thousand pieces of wood were fined R$ 4.737. Other incidents of environmental crime […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: Police Investigate Use of Social Networks to Exploit Guns and Drugs

Globo reported on May 28, 2013 that the Civil Police of São Paulo are investigating posted photos of adolescents posing with guns and drugs on social networks such as Facebook and Orkut. Police suggest this has become a new trend predominantly in the poor communities of large Brazilian cities. Lawyer Victor Haikel claims that such […]

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Amazonas, Brazil: Professor Detained for Sexually Exploiting Indigenous Girls

Globo reported on May 27, 2013 that “Operation Cunhatã” arrested the tenth suspect accused of sexually exploiting indigenous girls in São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas. According to the federal police, the last suspect detained is a professor at a state school. Research shows that 30 indigenous girls between the age of 10 and 16 were […]

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End of “Operation Barriers” in Manaus, Brazil

Globo reported on May 27, 2103, the end of “Operation Barriers” which was designed to increase security in the streets of Manaus as well as combat drug trafficking and illegal possession of weapons. Started this past Friday, the operation closed 48 bars, confiscated 36 vehicles, and detained 19 suspects. The Public Security Bureau of Amazonas […]

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Brazil: Issue of Rape Raises Debate on Class Division and Gender

noticias.r7.com reported on May 28, 2013, an ongoing debate in Brazil about rape in relation to class division and gender. The current debate circulates around whether Brazilian authorities are more occupied and concerned in defending the privileged and protecting the international reputation of Rio, rather then concern for protecting women. Ongoing rapes in Rio have […]

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Brazil: Air Force and Federal Police Join Forces With Use of Drones

Globo reported on May 23, 2013 the first joint action by the Brazilian Air Force and the Federal Police to use drones to help monitor crimes in Paraná, alongside the border with Paraguay. With infrared cameras and thermal sensors, police can locate drugs in cars and boats from above; a more helpful way to track […]

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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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