Brazil: 61% of refugee cases in country are due to drug trafficking association

CBN.com.br reported on September 21, 2013 that according to the National Human Rights, more than 1,400 Brazilians are now living as refugees in their own country. 61% of these cases are related to drug trafficking activity and are now part of the Program to Protect Children and Adolescents at Risk of Death. Founder of the Committee on Children and Adolescents states such statistics is due to weak institutions designed to help addicts such as health services and social protection. Furthermore, he states that many drug addicts end up in debt with traffickers. 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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Piaui, Brazil: High Number of Deaths in City Related to Drug Trafficking

Globo reported on August 28, 2013 that out of 154 deaths in the city of Teresina, 89 murders were related to drug trafficking activity. Police report the violence is due to increased seizures. The drug dealers are fighting for control of drug outlets, mainly cocaine that comes from other states. Innocent people, especially teenagers, fall […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: “Operation Border” Seizes Drugs and Electronic Devices

Globo reported on July 21, 2013 that the Federal Police Highway Police in conjunction with “Operation Border” seized numerous amounts of drugs and electronics in Mato Gross do Sul on Saturday (20). Seizures occurred in Itaquiraí with 300kg of marijuana confiscated as well as in Ponta Pora with 30 kg of marijuana and 227 electronic […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Foreign Passengers Detained at Airport for Smuggling Cocaine

Terra reported on July 20, 2013 that the Federal Police detained two passengers at the Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, for attempting to transport drugs to Europe and Africa. A Dutch passenger was arrested for smuggling 2 pounds of cocaine destined to Lisbon, Portugal and eventually Amsterdam. The other man, a Russian […]

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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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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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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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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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São Paulo, Brazil: Drug Trafficker Investigated for 2 Years is Arrested

Globo reported on July 8, 2013 that the Federal Police arrested a 31-year old man accused of drug trafficking in Ribeirão, São Paulo. The suspect is known to have sold cocaine in the area. The police discovered a refining cocaine laboratory in Altinópolis, São Paulo, which belonged to the suspect. In addition, the police confiscated […]

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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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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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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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Mato Grosso: Chief Police and Wife Detained for Corruption in Drug Trafficking Scheme

Globo reported on June 29, 2013 that the chief of the Homicide and Protection of Persons and his wife, a Civil Police researcher, were both arrested in Mato Grosso on accusations of protecting drug traffickers. According to police, the couple offered to drug traffickers that with their authoritative power, drug traffickers would not be investigated, […]

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Bolivian and Two Others Detained for “Mule” Drug Trafficking Scheme

R7 reported on June 28, 2013, that three suspects; one being Bolivian, were detained in Belo Horizonte for international drug trafficking. Civil Police discovered several cocaine capsules to be transported via the body by people known as “mules”. The drugs found are considered “fish scale”. Read Article

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Rio Claro, Brazil: Child Education Program to Prevent Increased Cases of Drug Trafficking

On June 28, 2013, Globo reported that the city of Rio Claro is working to educate children and young adolescents about resisting participating in drug trafficking activity. The Educational Program of Resistance to Drugs and Violence is a result of the increased number of drug trafficking cases, which has tripled over the first five months […]

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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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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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Porto Alegre, Brazil: Paraguayan Detained for Using Books to Transport Drugs

On June 17, 2013, Globo reported that a 29-year old from Paraguay, was arrested on Sunday (16) at the Salgado Filho International Airport in Porto Alegre. The man is accused for using books to hide and transport cocaine. The Federal Police seized 3.8 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside a magazine as well as drugs found […]

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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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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: 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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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Colombian Drug Lord Detained at Airport for False Documentation

correio24horas.com.br reported on June 3, 2013 that the Federal Police this past Friday evening, arrested Colombian drug lord John Freddy Manco Torres, known as “El Indio”, at the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (Galeão) in Rio de Janeiro. “El Indio” was arrested due to the use of a false Spanish passport. He was wanted in […]

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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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Brazil: International Drug Traffickers Detained After Federal Police Operation

On June 4, 2013, Terra reported that the Federal Public Ministry in Rio de Janeiro, in conjunction with the Federal Police and the IRS, concluded a United Nations operations intended to combat a group of 15 suspects; Brazilians, Colombians, Spaniards, and Portuguese, accused of international drug trafficking and money laundering. One investigation included that of […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mato Grosso Do Sul, Brazil: Governor of Paraguay Visits to Increase Border Security

acritica.net reported on May 21, 2013 that the soon to be new governor of Paraguay, Pedro Gonzales, will visit Brazil today; May 22, to discuss with the Governor of Mato Gross do Sul, André Puccinelli, issues of industry, commerce, and agriculture. Pedro Gonzales wants to create a free trade zone as well as increase job […]

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Timon, Brazil: Drug Dealer Accused of Drug Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

On May 21, 2013 Globo reported that a 46-year old drug dealer was arrested in a crack house in Timon for selling drugs. The man was caught and arrested in the bathroom of the house; accompanied by a 13-year old. According to Police, the 13-year old was paid R$20 to have sex with the dealer. […]

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Brazil: Launch of Operation Ágata 7 to Patrol Entire Border

capitalnews.com.br reported on May 20, 2103, Operation Ágata 7; consisting of 25,000 militants to patrol the entire Brazilian border. Numerous government agencies such as the Federal Highway Police, Internal Revenue Service, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, will work together in this operation to patrol and combat cross-border crimes such as arms and ammunition trafficking, drug […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Victim Shot After Mistakenly Entering Favela

Globo reported on May 19, 2013 that assistant director of TV Globo, drug traffickers shot Thomaz Cividanes in the foot after mistakenly entering Morro do Dezoito in Rio. According to police, Cividanes entered the favela after a car GPS provided the wrong directions to originally visit street journalist Tim Lopes. Upon entering, and attempting to […]

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Rio Claro, Brazil: Man Arrested for Transporting 90 kg of Marijuana

On May 19, 2013, Glob reported the Military Police in Rio Claro, Sao Paulo, arrested a 47-year old driver for transporting drugs. The Military Police confiscated 91.6 kg of marijuana and 5.6 kg of cocaine on Sunday after receiving information that a man in his car was selling drugs. The driver confessed to selling drugs […]

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Pará, Brazil: Man Uses School Bus to Transport Drugs

Globo reported on May 20, 2013 that a 33-year old man was detained last weekend for using a school bus in the city of Nova Esperança do Piriá, Pará to transport drugs. The suspect was caught after a complaint about a fight in the vehicle between three teenagers. The police discovered seven “shuttlecocks” of cocaine, […]

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Dynamite, Gun, and Drug Possession Arrest in Itapoã, Brazil

On May 17, 2013, Globo reported that at least four suspects were arrested Friday morning for dynamite, gun, and drug possession in Itapoã, Espírito Santo. Suspects are assumed to be involved in drug trafficking and homicides. Upon arrest, police seized one kg of cocaine, marijuana, R$7,000 in cash, and other objects. In addition, the discovered […]

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Police Burn Two Marijuana Plantations in Paulo Ramos, Brazil

Globo reported on May 16, 2013, that five suspects were detained for drug trafficking and operating two marijuana plantations in Paulo Ramos, Maranhão. Both plantations in total contained 3,600 marijuana plants. Police burned all plants. All suspects remain in jail awaiting trial.Read Article

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São Paulo, Brazil: Police Arrest Suspects for 200 kg of Marijuana

Globo reported on May 17, 2013, five men were detained for drug trafficking activity in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo. The Civil Police report the suspects were part of a larger gang that had been under investigation for six months. The police confiscated 200 kg of marijuana inside one of the suspect’s car on the Anhanguera […]

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Paraíba, Brazil: Four Women Detained on Drug Trafficking Accusations

On May 16, 2012, Globo reported that the civil police arrested four women suspected of drug trafficking for three years in the city of Mari, Paraiba. The police claim the women are part of a larger criminal group made up of 25 members. The group is accused of robberies, drug activity, and committing more than […]

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Manaus, Brazil: Three Teenage Girls Detained for Selling Drugs

acritica.uol.com.br reported on May 16, 2013, that three female teenagers; ages 12, 16, and 17, were arrested by the Military Police for selling drugs in Manaus. The teens were charged for drug trafficking and conspiracy. One of the girls reported to receiving between R$200 and R$600 a day for selling drugs. The police confiscated 200 […]

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Brazil and Bolivia Partnership to Increase Border Security

Terra reported on May 14, 2013, that Brazilian and Bolivian officials met in Santa Cruz to discuss border security concerns. Issues discussed included drug trafficking, human trafficking, and illegal immigrants traveling across the border. Bolivia has become a critical player to Brazil as 60% of the cocaine in Brazil comes from Bolivia. Bolivia is one […]

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Paraná, Brazil: Farmer Arrested for Marijuana Cultivation

Globo reported on May 15, 2013, that a 48-year old farmer was arrested for growing marijuana among cassava crops in Tupãssi, Paraná. The Military Police found 550 grams of marijuana ready for sale, marijuana seeds, R$1,000 in cash, a shotgun and ammunition. The farmer is accused of drug trafficking activity and illegal possession of a […]

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Bahia, Brazil: 400 Pounds of Drugs Seized So Far in 2013

On May 14, 2013, Globo reported that regional representatives and agents throughout Brazil are meeting in Salvador, Brazil until Thursday (15) to discuss ways to improve strategies to counteract drug trafficking operations in the country. According to the Federal Police, about 400 pounds of drugs was confiscated in Bahia in just the first four months […]

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Manaus, Brazil: Two Suspects Detained For Drug Trafficking

On May 13, 2013, Globo reported a 19 and 33-year old man were both arrested in the south zone of Manaus for drug trafficking. The Civil Police found in the car and homes of the suspects, 7 pounds of drugs, three knives, a bulletproof vest, marijuana, oxy, and a 380-caliber pistol among other weapons and […]

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Spanish drug mule arrested in Dominican Republic with cocaine

Spanish citizen Amparo Nieto Saenz de Santamaria was arrested in the Puna Cana airport in the Dominican Republic for attempting to traffick drugs to Spain. She had hidden the drugs in a disposable diaper she was wearing and underneath black tights. The total weight of the drugs was one kilo, 40 grams, Noticias Mundo Vision […]

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Colombian narco-trafficker hid drugs in laptop; Attempted to fly to Europe from Peru

Colombian citizen Alba Nidia Rivera Solano was arrested after officials in Peru caught her attempting to leave the country with drugs. She had been carrying a laptop that was concealing the drugs, El Comercio reports. They had been packed into areas designated for the battery, hard drive, and in areas under the keyboard and behind […]

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Seven kilos of cocaine paste and 280 kilos of coca leaves seized in Peru

Over the course of several operations, police in Peru were able to seize seven kilos of cocaine paste and 280 kilos of dried coca leaves. In the town of Tutumbaru, a total of seven kilos, 300 grams of cocaine paste were seized, Info Region reports. Alex Urquizo (22) was arrested in one operation, in which […]

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Police in Paraguay seize 726 pounds of cocaine in private port; Bound for Italy

Anti-narcotics police in Paraguay seized 726 pounds of cocaine in the private port of Caacupemí, in Asuncion. According to El Nuevo Heraldo, the drugs were found hidden inside pieces of wood in containers bound for Italy. Police have identified and arrested those responsible for the shipment, though their identities have not been released to the […]

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Man arrested after attempting to enter U.S. from Mexico with drugs strapped to body

A 57-year-old was detained after U.S. customs officials caught him with drugs strapped to his body as he attempted to cross the border. He had intended to pass into the United States from Reynosa, Mexico to Hidalgo, Texas. The suspect had legal documents to prove he was a citizen of the United States, but had […]

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Austria detains Mexican narco-trafficker wanted by U.S. DEA

Austrian officials detained a 43-year-old Mexican citizen, supposedly a member of a drug trafficking organization, that was wanted by the U.S. DEA. After receiving information that the suspect was in Austria, he was finally arrested in the Vienna airport, Excelsior reports. He was wanted for transporting large amounts of cocaine from South America to Central […]

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Africa a “drug bridge” between Latin America and Europe, UN says

The United Nations International Narcotics control reported that Africa has become a hub for drug trafficking from Latin America to Europe. According to an El Mundo report, drugs from countries such as Colombia enter Africa through the west coast. At the same time, countries in eastern Africa often serve as transit areas for drugs heading […]

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Speedboat located by U.S. near Dominican Republic linked to drug cartel

After a U.S. spy plane spotted a speedboat in Dominican waters, four Colombians were arrested: Aluchom Castro, Arechelleo Bocaleo, Rubén Bucaria and Micton Sretellea. They were trafficking one ton of cocaine, Diario Libre reports. The United States requested the extradition of the suspects. According to authorities, the suspects were members of a major South American […]

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Police find drugs along road in Argentina; Fourth occurrence in the area

A package with almost four kilos of marijuana was found along Route 77 near the city of Chepes. Police stumbled upon the package during a routine patrol. The bags containing the marijuana were bound with ribbons that had “Paraguay” written on them, 26 Noticias reports. Officials stated the drugs were found in a rural area […]

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Nearly two tons of cocaine seized in the Caribbean region over weekend

Nearly two tons of cocaine were seized in the Caribbean in two operations during the August 18, 2012 weekend. The first operation took place near San Blas Islands, Panama. According to Fox News Latino, a go-fast type boat was found by Colombian officials carrying 1,362 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride. No arrests were reported. The second […]

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Drugs from Brazil found in airport in Madrid, Spain

Officials in Madrid, Spain arrested two individuals who attempted to bring 16 kilograms of cocaine into the country. They had arrived in the airport on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Europa Press reports. Both suspects were of Brazilian nationality. They had hidden the cocaine in two cardboard boxes in their luggage. They intended to […]

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97 kilos of drugs seized in Apure, Venezuela

The Bolivarian National Guard in Venezuela seized over 92 kilograms of marijuana and over 4 kilograms of crack cocaine in Apure. According to El Tiempo, the drugs were found in a Ford 150 vehicle driven by a 61-year-old citizen of Tachira. The name of the citizen and whether the suspect was arrested has not been […]

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Guatemala: Abandoned plane found on clandestine airstrip

Security forces in Guatemala located an abandoned airplane located on a clandestine airstrip. The airstrip was found in El Manchon, Champerico, Retalhuleu, according to an Emisoras Unidas report. Officials suspect that the plane and airstrip was used by narco-traffickers. Several suspects fled the scene upon the arrival of security forces. An ATV was also abandoned. […]

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Man dies after attempting to smuggle drugs into Colombian prison

A 41-year-old man died after attempting to smuggle drugs into the La Modelo prison in Bogota, Colombia. He had swallowed the drugs, leading him to display signs of physical discomfort, El Tiempo reports. He died shortly after, due to cardiopulmonary arrest brought on by decomposition of the drug. The man and the type of drug […]

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Mexico: Drug shipment from Guerrero to Pachuca intercepted

Officials seized eight kilos of marijuana found inside a van with license plates from Tamaulipas. According to an El Independiente de Hidalgo report, the drugs had been transported from Guerrero and were en route to Pachuca. Before being intercepted, the drugs had been moved via public transportation, on a bus belonging to the Estrella Blanca […]

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