The operation coordinated by the Public Security Secretariat of Alagoas in 17 states, called Operation Hades, fulfilled, this Friday (2), another 25 arrest warrants that were outstanding. In total, 54 people were arrested, but 79 arrest warrants were issued. The search and seizure warrants were all executed on Thursday (1).
Those arrested are suspected of involvement with two criminal organizations that mainly engaged in drug trafficking and money laundering. At the time of writing, no other arrests had been made while serving warrants.
According to data presented by the SSP, investigations began in March 2021 and identified financial movements of more than R$300 million in bank accounts.
Drug suppliers were identified who supplied the Alagoas market with narcotics from Mato Grosso do Sul, a state that borders Paraguay and Bolivia, which are major drug producers.
In addition to Alagoas, the operation was launched simultaneously in the states of 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 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.
Saraiva also congratulated the support of the Civil and Military Police of the states that took part in the action 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 project seeks to strengthen actions to combat and dismantle criminal organizations, promoting integration between police forces at a national level.
“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.
Investigations revealed that two couples, one from Alagoas and the other from Pará, led drug trafficking in the northeastern state, with ramifications in other states.
Criminals who supplied the drugs were also identified. Living in São Paulo, they received illicit goods from Mato Grosso do Sul, a state bordering Paraguay and Bolivia. The second criminal organization was supplied by drug traffickers from Amazonas and had a man from Pará as its leader.
Both, despite operating independently, are associated with national criminal factions and operate a complex money laundering scheme, involving companies from different segments and the use of third-party bank accounts, used to illegally move large sums of money.