Regulatory News


The Rio de Janeiro Civil Police carried out a major operation against a gang that forced merchants from the western zone of the city to resell contraband cigarettes from Paraguay. Twelve people were arrested, including one military police officer and three prison guards. Ten other accused suspects were not found.

The gang made about R$1.5 million (US$400,000) a month with the illegal trade. The criminals, who form a militia responsible for terrorizing the region, even threatened to kill the deputy commander of the investigation.

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