Amazonas, Brazil: Police Operation Confiscates R$40 million in Pirated Goods

acritica.uol.com.br reported on August 25, 2013 that 200 civil and military police officers of Operation “Safe Centre” in Manaus, Amazonas seized more than R$40 million worth of pirated goods. The operation is designed to combat the trade of smuggled products as well as tax envision at businesses that sell these products. The products were confiscated in the galleries of BBC Baré, Destack and Central and Amazonas Hotel. Police arrested a businessman known as one of the leaders distributing and smuggling the illegal goods from Paraguay to sell in Amazonas. Read Article

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São Paulo, Brazil: Police Discover Hundreds of Marijuana Plants on Plantation

Globo reported on August 25, 2013 that the Military Police discovered a marijuana plantation in Campinas, São Paulo after receiving an anonymous tip. The police report the property had controlled-like conditions including a heated greenhouse, an automatic irrigation system, as well as photographs. Hundreds of marijuana plants were found with a placeholder to package the […]

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Police Issue Criminal Investigation on Documents of Brazilian David Miranda

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

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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Protests Occur During Welcome Ceremony for Pope Francisco

agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br reported on July 22, 2013 that the Military Police used tear gas in response to a demonstration outside the Guanabara Palace in Larangeiras where the welcome ceremony for Pope Francisco took place with President Dilma. Protesters included LGBT groups, students, trade unions, atheists, and agnostics with signs emphasizing government spending on World Youth Day […]

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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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Amazonas, Brazil: Suspects Detained for Transporting Drugs in Boat

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

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

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

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

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

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São Paulo, Brazil: Police Arrested for Assisting Drug Traffickers

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

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Frenchman Detained for Drug Trafficking

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

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Brazil and Spain Conduct Joint-Operation Against Human Trafficking

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

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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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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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Brasilia, Brazil: Images Reveal Suspect Accused of Raping Woman in Church

On July 4, 2013, police revealed images of a 50-year old suspect who raped a 20-year old woman inside a church on Wednesday (3) in Brasilia. Police report the suspect conversed with the victim and the bishop the day before the crime. The crime lasted for about 15 minutes in which the victim was discovered […]

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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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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 1,200 Demonstrators Protest on Final Day of the Confederations Cup

Globo reported on June 30, 2013 that the final day for the Confederations Cup, about 1,200 people protested outside the Maracanã stadium. The protest began early in the morning with 5,000 participants holding signs about ending corruption and refusing to privatize the Maracanã stadium. The protests, which became confrontational between protesters and the police, resulted […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Salvador, Brazil: Police Operation Makes Arrests for Selling Counterfeit Ethanol Fuel

On June 13, 2013, Globo reported that a businessman and an accountant were detained during “Operation Ethanol” in Salvador, Bahia for distributing and marketing counterfeit ethanol fuel. Six companies are suspected of involvement in the scheme. Such illegal activity has resulted in a loss of R$ 383.4 million which will be compensated through taxes. The […]

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

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

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Police Visit Tourist Hotels to Combat Sexual Exploitation

Terra reported on June 6, 2013, that a special police operation in Rio de Janeiro will work to inform tourism professionals against sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in the tourist city. A variety of police officials will visit 30 hotels in Copacabana to ask managers to sign a petition against sexual exploitation as main […]

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

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

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Pará, Brazil: 26 Suspects Detained for Theft Charges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Military Sergeant Sentenced 100 Years for Rape Charges

otempo.com.br reported on May 22, 2013 that Police Military official, Sergeant Alexander Lourenco da Silva who was arrested and imprisoned since March 8, is accused of raping seven women and attempting to abuse another two in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The decision, released on Wednesday, sentenced the suspect to 101 years, five months, and 12 days […]

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Amnesty International Criticizes Brazil’s Lack to Protect Human Rights

ultimosegundo.ig.com.br reported on May 22, 2013 that executive director of Amnesty International; an international non-governmental organization dedicated to monitoring and protecting human rights, criticized the use of torture and excessive force by Brazilian police as a means to combat the rise in crime in 2012. The executive director stated that Brazil’s history was based on […]

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Manaus, Brazil: Man Detained for Illicitly Selling Firearms

Globo reported on May 21, 2013 that a 63-year old suspect was arrested for illegally selling firearms at his home in Barrio Santa Etelvina, Manaus. According to police, the suspect repaired weapons and other services ranging between R$50 and R$200. The suspect did not have a license to sell firearms. Seized at the suspect’s home, […]

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Pará, Brazil: “Operation Ibira” to Combat Illegal Activity on Indian Reservation

Globo reported on May 21, 2013, that the Federal Police initiated “Operation Ibira” to combat illegal log companies illicitly removing and selling timber logs from the indigenous area of Alto Rio Guama, Pará. This Indian Reservation is considered the most threatened in the Amazon and has had a history of environmental and land disputes between […]

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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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Goiás, Brazil: Gang Steals and Adulterates 700,000 liters of Milk

Globo reported on May 21, 2013 that the Civil Police in Morrinhos, Goiás, arrested this past Monday, seven members of a gang suspected for stealing and adulterating 700,000 liters of milk in seven months. In addition, seven trucks and two vans were confiscated during the arrest. According to police, once suspects stole the milk, the […]

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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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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Suspect Detained for Stealing R$12,000 from Church

Terra reported on May 20, 2013, that a 46 year-old suspect accused of stealing from the Nossa Senhora da Penha Church in São João de Meriti in the city area of Rio de Janeiro, was arrested. Two other suspects were involved; allegedly stealing R$12,000 in cash from the church. In addition, the suspects stole a […]

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14-year old gang raped in Paraná, Brazil

Globo reported on May 17, 2013 that four suspects; three sailors and a 14-year old boy, were detained for charges of gang rape in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná. The female victim was 14-years old. The three sailors deny involvement in the rape although they confess they were in the house and witnessed the crime although […]

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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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São Paulo, Brazil: 19-Year old Arrested for Robbery

On May 16, 2013, Terra reported that the Paulista Civil Police in São Paulo arrested Wednesday evening, a 19-year old boy accused of robbing three companies. The suspect, Lucas Viana da Silva, is accused of robbing a car rental company, a gas station, and a cleaning company. The boy stole about R$20,000. Due to images […]

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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: Bengali Group Responsible for Human Trafficking Activity

On May 15, 2013 http://coletivo.maiscomunidade.com reported that the Federal Police launched ‘Operation Freedom’ to take down a gang in the Federal District responsible for trafficking immigrants to Brazil to work in slavery-like conditions. Members of the gang were from Bangladesh and promised high-paid salaries for illegal immigration to Brazil. The police investigation identified many routes […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: Database Created to Track Pedophiles

On May 14, 2013, noticias.r7.com reported the Civil Police of the state of São Paulo created a database to track and locate pedophiles in São Paulo. The database includes personal information about the suspect, a photograph, details about the crime and information about the victims. The database is meant to decrease the number of cases […]

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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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Peruvian narco-backpackers involved in police shootout; Three killed

After receiving intelligence that an important drug shipment would pass through the Navarrito Pampa sector of Talavera in the Andahuaylas, Apurímac province of Peru, officials located a station wagon carrying backpackers. According to Nuevo Ojo, the suspects began to fire at the police, who returned fire. The crossfire lasted 30 minutes. Three suspects were killed, […]

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