Regulatory News

On Tuesday, the 7th, the Federal Police carried out a large operation to catch a group specialized in contraband cigarettes coming out of the city of Del Este, in Paraguay on their way to the southern states in Brazil. Twenty-eight people were arrested, among them seven police officers, accused of receiving bribes for warning criminals when highway inspections were going to take place in the region According to investigations, the group was moving nearly R$10 million per month.

The gang was organized in 16 cities in the Brazilian states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, and Paraná. The police confiscated 36 vehicles with the accused and 109,524 packages of illegal cigarettes. In addition to the 28 arrested in the operation, 67 more linked to the group have already been since last year.

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