The Federal Police (PF) launched, this Tuesday (5), an operation against a group suspected of negotiating the purchase and sale of 43 thousand weapons for the heads of the country’s largest criminal factions in three years.
The agents served 25 preventive arrest warrants, six temporary arrest warrants and 52 search and seizure warrants in Brazil, the United States and Paraguay.
The investigation is carried out by the Bahia Sensitive Investigations Group (GISE/BA), linked to the PF Arms Trafficking Repression Coordination in Brasília (CGPRE).
According to the investigation, the group under investigation moved R$1.2 billion during the period in which the weapons were delivered.
The main target is considered by the PF to be the largest arms smuggler in South America and is in Paraguay. He is the subject of a preventive arrest warrant.
The investigation began in 2020, when pistols and ammunition were seized in the interior of Bahia. The weapons had their serial numbers removed, but, through forensic examination, the PF was able to obtain information on their origin and advance the investigation.
During this period, 67 seizures were carried out totaling 659 weapons seized in Brazilian territory, seizures were carried out in 10 states: Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Bahia and Ceará.
Source: CNN Brasil
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