Gaeco megaoperation against criminal faction carries out warrants in seven cities in SC

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The Special Action Group to Combat Criminal Organizations (Gaeco) launched a mega operation this Thursday (1st) in cities in the west of Santa Catarina, Vale do Itajaí, and Paraná. The operation is the result of an investigation against a criminal organization focused on drug trafficking, property crimes and money laundering.

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In total, the operation carried out 35 search and seizure warrants in Chapecó, Xaxim, São Miguel do Oeste, Iporã do Oeste, Concórdia and Joaçaba, in the west of Santa Catarina; Luiz Alves, in the Itajaí Valley; and in Cleveland and Foz do Iguaçu, in Paraná.

According to the Federal Highway Police (PRF), which worked in the operation in Chapecó and Concórdia, cell phones, cash and small portions of marijuana were collected ready for sale in Western cities. A 30-year-old man was taken to the Concordia Police Station.

Investigation

The investigation began in 2020 and revealed connections in criminal activities, by the faction, leading to the seizure of drugs. The perpetrators of several homicides, robberies and kidnappings were also identified.

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The first phase of the “Maserati IV” operation was launched on February 25, 2021 and complied with 284 court orders, covering 142 arrests and 142 searches and seizures, spread across 45 cities and six states.

This phase resulted in 160 convictions. Of those reported, 75 were sentenced to sentences exceeding 20 years in prison, and the maximum sentence applied to one of those investigated in the first phase was 86 years.

In the second phase, on February 9, 2023, 164 warrants were executed, including searches and seizures and preventive arrests. This phase also targeted members of the faction, who operated not only in Santa Catarina, but in 10 other Brazilian states.

In the third phase, launched on August 10, 2023, 48 search and seizure warrants were executed and 35 of the 42 preventive arrest warrants issued. The targets were suspects who were active in Santa Catarina. One person was arrested red-handed and drugs, electronic equipment and documents were seized.

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Target is a criminal organization focused on drug trafficking (Photo: PRF, Disclosure)

Gaeco megaoperation against criminal faction carries out warrants in seven cities in SC

This is the fourth phase of the operation (Photo: MPSC, Disclosure)

Gaeco megaoperation against criminal faction carries out warrants in seven cities in SC

Weapons, cell phones and drugs were seized (Photo: MPSC, Disclosure)

Gaeco megaoperation against criminal faction carries out warrants in seven cities in SC

Warrants were also served in two cities in Paraná (Photo: MPSC, Disclosure)

Gaeco megaoperation against criminal faction carries out warrants in seven cities in SC

The operation was launched in seven cities in Santa Catarina (Photo: MPSC, Disclosure)

Gaeco megaoperation against criminal faction carries out warrants in seven cities in SC

More than 30 warrants were executed (Photo: MPSC, Disclosure)

Gaeco megaoperation against criminal faction carries out warrants in seven cities in SC

The operation was supported by the PRF (Photo: PRF, Disclosure)

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