The audacious way in which criminals export cocaine in the ports of Rio and Itaguaí has been the target of operations launched by the Police and Federal Revenue. The drug route, which leaves the state bound for Europe and Africa, has also been targeted by the Guarantee of Law and Order (GLO), which has the support of national forces in the fight against international drug trafficking in ports. and Brazilian airports.
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According to the IRS, this year alone, in four operations launched between January and October, more than 1.5 tons of cocaine was seized inside bales of coffee, paint cans, loads of ore and containers. Even inside sleeves, agents found the drug. Most of it was seized at the Port of Itaguaí, in Sepetiba Bay. It was 999 kilos in total. At the Port of Rio, the IRS seized 49.7 kilos. According to investigations, these groups, which involve the participation of businessmen linked to the Rio factions, negotiate the shipment of cocaine to Spain, Australia and African countries.
See each of the seizures
- Ore cargo at the Port of Rio: In January of this year, the Federal Revenue Service seized 778 kg of cocaine in a load of ore at the Port of Rio. The work was the result of risk management. The drug, which was destined for Luxembourg, was found by scent dogs, which identified contamination in the container.
- Coffee cargo at the Port of Itaguaí: In February, the IRS found 400 kilos of cocaine hidden in a load of coffee bales, in a container, which were destined for Spain.
- Frozen poultry cargo at the Port of Itaguaí: In June, Federal Revenue agents, in joint action with the Federal Police, seized 276 kilos of cocaine, valued at R$70 million. The drug was hidden in a shipment of 2,400 boxes containing frozen poultry cuts and was destined for South Africa, with a stop at the port of Algeciras, in Spain.
- Acrylic paint load: In October, agents found the drug hidden in a shipment of 1,840 cans of acrylic paint, distributed in two containers and destined for Australia. 336 cans containing 220 kg of cocaine were collected. The total value of the seizure was R$220 million.
- Cocaine in the sleeve: In September 2021, Federal Revenue agents found 200 kg of drugs hidden inside sleeves that were destined for the European continent. The action was organized by the Robbery and Cargo Theft Department of the Rio Civil Police and the Narcotics Repression Department of the Federal Police of Rio.