Brazilian president reaffirms support to Rio authorities over drug trafficking

12:58, December 01, 2010      

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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Tuesday that Rio will have all necessary support to fight against the drug gangs in the city.

The president assured that the military troops that had occupied the Complexo do Alemao shantytown last Sunday would remain in the area for as long as necessary to maintain order. He also said that more troops could be sent there if requested.

Rio authorities requested on Monday long-term deployment of the troops in the shantytown until October 2011. State Governor Sergio Cabral said the troops will stay until a permanent patrol police unit is established in the area.

During the operation to seize Complexo do Alemao last sunday, the largest in Rio, policemen arrested 30 people and seized 40 tons of marijuana, 150 kilograms of cocaine, as well as a large number of rifles and stolen vehicles.

In the past three days, the police had seized a huge amount of drugs, numerous weapons and stolen vehicles in Complexo do Alemao. Military police commander Colonel Mario Sergio Duarte said the crackdown might have caused the drug gangs a loss of some 100 million reais (58.3 million U.S. dollars).

Source: Xinhua


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