The State Secretariat for Public Security of Alagoas (SSP/AL) launched, this Tuesday (1st), a mega-operation with the aim of arresting members of two criminal organizations that were involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and other crimes.
The operation, called Hades, fulfills 307 court orders in Alagoas and 16 other states in the country, simultaneously.
The investigative work was initiated in March 2021 by the Directorate for the Repression of Corruption and Organized Crime (Dracco) and the SSP of Alagoas to investigate the criminal movement of four people – two couples, engaged in illicit activities.
The warrants were issued by the 17th Criminal Court of the Capital of Alagoas, after a favorable opinion from Gaeco, from the Public Ministry of Alagoas, based on the technical evidence presented by Dracco. 79 arrest warrants and 228 search and seizure warrants will be served in the states of Alagoas, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceará, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Paraná, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Roraima, Santa Catarina and São Paulo.
The operation is the result of investigative work by Dracco, from the Alagoas Civil Police, in partnership with the State Secretariat for Public Security, which investigates the criminal activities of these groups in large-scale drug trafficking in Alagoas and other states in the country.
Warrants served by state
Alagoas – 27 warrants, seven for arrest and 20 for search and seizure;
Amazon – 29 warrants, three for arrest and 26 for search and seizure;
Bahia – two search and seizure warrants;
Ceará – 11 warrants, three for arrest and eight for search and seizure;
Goiás – 10 search and seizure warrants;
Mato Grosso – 13 warrants, three for arrest and 10 for search and seizure;
Mato Grosso do Sul – 61 warrants, 19 for arrest and 42 for search and seizure;
Minas Gerais – five warrants, one for arrest and four for search and seizure;
For – 40 warrants, 14 for arrest and 26 for search and seizure;
Paraná – an arrest warrant;
Pernambuco – three warrants, two for arrest and one for search and seizure;
Piauí – two warrants, one for arrest and one for search and seizure;
Rio de Janeiro – 11 warrants, four for arrest and seven for search and seizure;
large northern river – a search and seizure warrant;
Roraima – 04 warrants, one for arrest and two for search and seizure;
Santa Catarina – four warrants, one for arrest and three for search and seizure;
São Paulo – 84 warrants, 19 for arrest and 65 for search and seizure.
How the organizations acted
The investigations identified two couples, one from Alagoas and the other from Pará, who were responsible for large-scale drug trafficking in the state of Alagoas. From this, the work was able to identify ramifications in the 17 target states of the operation.
As progress was made in the investigations, it was also possible to identify the criminals who acted as suppliers of the drug and the people who acted as drug suppliers for the leaders of the two criminal organizations investigated.
According to the investigation, the two couples are part of the leadership of two large criminal organizations that operate in Rio de Janeiro and the state of Pará.
The criminal organization, which was led by a man from Alagoas, operated mainly in Maceió, in the Levada neighborhood and surrounding areas. However, he also distributed drugs to other municipalities in Alagoas where the criminal faction that the individual is part of predominates.
It was also found throughout the investigation that the suppliers of this drug that supplied the Alagoas market were from the state of São Paulo. They received the drugs from Mato Grosso do Sul, a state that borders Paraguay and Bolivia, which are major drug producers.
The second criminal organization targeted by today’s operation was led by a man from Pará, but who lived in Alagoas for a long time. Because of this personal bond with the state, he established command of drug trafficking in neighborhoods in the city’s upscale area, such as Ponta Verde, Jatiúca, Pajuçara, Mangabeiras and Jacarecica. This individual was also at the forefront of illicit activities in Pará.
The drugs that were sold by this criminal group originated from suppliers in the state of Amazonas, which borders Colombia and Peru, the world’s first and second largest cocaine producers, respectively.
Life of luxury from drug trafficking
Although the two criminal organizations acted independently, they both had things in common, such as members who belonged to the same nationwide criminal factions and a very sophisticated money laundering scheme.
The investigation managed to detect that the two groups used money laundering schemes, using companies from various segments, such as fishmongers, car rentals, car maintenance, beverage warehouses, cargo transport, among others. Furthermore, the frequent use of bank accounts belonging to people close to them and others identified as oranges was proven, in order to move large amounts of money illegally.
In this context, financial movements of more than R$300 million were verified in bank accounts, which were analyzed throughout the investigation. Many of the members of the two criminal organizations investigated boasted a high standard of living, traveling, also using vehicles and other luxury goods, in addition to owning homes and apartments in high-end condominiums.
It is important to highlight that most of the targets of the operation have criminal records, including for crimes of the same nature as those that are the subject of this operation. Many of them have open cases in Federal Court. Some of those investigated also have outstanding arrest warrants for committing other crimes.
Meaning of the operation name
The operation was called Hades in reference to the god of Greek mythology, also called the god of wealth. In addition to his great power, the mythological being possessed all the precious metals on the planet.
In Greek mythology, Hades was described as a merciless, intimidating god who was insensitive to prayers and sacrifices, as his objective was to punish souls for what people did in life. These attributes coincide with characteristics of the leaders of disarticulated criminal organizations. Even with all the power he achieved, Hades was also seen as the god of the dead, owner of the underworld, where only the souls of bad people lived, which also ends up happening to people who enter the world of crime.
To comply with the court orders, civil and military police officers were employed from all the states mentioned above, with a global workforce of around 1,500 Public Security agents.
The Secretary of Public Security of Alagoas, Flávio Saraiva, highlighted the magnitude and importance of the operation in a national context, as it combats criminal organizations and related crimes, as is the case with the financial crimes found in this operation.
He also congratulated the support of the Civil and Military Police of the mentioned states and the Directorate of Integrated Operations and Intelligence (Diopi), of the National Secretariat of Public Security, part of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (Senasp/MJSP). This support was provided through the IMPULSE Project, which is part of the National Program to Combat Criminal Organizations (ENFOC/MJSP), a fundamental program to strengthen actions to combat crime in the country. The IMPULSE project aims to strengthen actions to combat and dismantle criminal organizations, promoting integration between Police at a national level.
“Today the objective of the Alagoas Public Security Secretariat is to decapitalize criminal organizations and this is the focus of our historic operation. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the police forces in Alagoas and all the police units in the states involved for the technical capacity used in this great action”, he stated.
*With information from consultancy