Regulatory News

The seizure of a cargo of 500 boxes of counterfeit cigarettes, valued at R$500,000 (US$156,000), in a warehouse in the West Side of Rio de Janeiro helped police unveil a scheme indicating that a militia gang was behind the illegal business. Investigators have found that criminals use drug-trafficker routes: most of the cargo leaves Paraguay and arrives in Rio by highway. It is suspected that another part of the product is being manufactured by members of the militia.

Police have already discovered many of these cigarettes in four areas of the West Side of Rio. "Because the militia has a paramilitary terror logic, it forces traders to buy this merchandise to sell in their areas. In addition to smuggling through Paraguay, we also investigate clandestine manufacturing," said delegate William Pena Júnior.

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