Regulatory News

The Federal Police arrested 33 people, including 13 police officers, accused of participating in a cigarette smuggling scheme from Paraguay to Brazil. Some 280 agents worked in the operation against the gang, which had ramifications in seven states: Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Goiás and Alagoas. According to investigations, in 2017 alone, 1200 semi-trailer loads of illegal tobacco shipments were brought into Brazil by the gang.

Accused of facilitating the scheme, detained police come from different sectors: Highway Police, Civil Police and Military Police. Appointed head of the gang, Ângelo Guimarães Ballerini was arrested during his wedding reception in a luxury hotel in Maceió, capital of Alagoas.

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