Brazilian police carries out operation against drug trafficking
Brasilia, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Police (PF) of Brazil today fulfills 215 court orders, 66 of them for arrest and 149 for search and confiscation, in an operation against international drug trafficking and money laundering in 10 cities .
The G1 news portal assures the crusade called Enterprise (company) and the assets of those investigated were confiscated by order of Justice for a value of 400 million reais (about 74 million dollars).
According to the Federal Tax Agency, 37 aircraft retention requests were granted, as well as embargo of their cargoes.
The orders are fulfilled in the cities of Paraná, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Pará, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Norte, Bahia and Pernambuco.
Such operation is considered the largest of the year in the fight against drug money laundering and also in history for the appropriation of cocaine in Brazilian ports.
In total, 670 federal police officers and another 30 officials of the Federal Revenue (tax administration) are participating in the action by which more than 50 tons of cocaine have been seized so far since the investigations began.
The PF reported that the investigation lasted over two years and the two ports most used by traffickers were Santos, on the coast of Sao Paulo, and Paranaguá, on the coast of Paraná. The drug load was largely shipped to Europe.
The money laundering scheme involved billionaires in Brazil and abroad with the use of intermediaries, known as oranjas, and front companies to give a legal appearance to the profit of trafficking.
Among the assets of those investigated, which are subject to judicial confiscation, there are airplanes, ostentatious buildings and luxury vehicles.
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