Operation Exceptis seizes weapons of war and large quantities of drugs in Jacarezinho, Rio de Janeiro

By Renata Araujo for My Right News. Photos: Diogo Sampaio / Super Rádio Tupi, Social Media.

Rio de Janeiro Civil Police makes record seizure of heavy weapons, huge marijuana stalk, ammunition and magazines in operation Exceptis, developed for over 10 months, currently underway in the favela of Jacarezinho, Rio de Janeiro, which seeks to suppress the enticement of minors by organized crime for drug trafficking factions.

Civil police officer André Leonardo de Mello Frias, from the Drug Enforcement Department (Dcod) lost his life in the confrontation.

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Early on Thursday morning (May 6) Jacarezinho residents were awakened by an exchange of fire between drug traffickers and police; 24 suspects were killed on the spot.

Sources said that bandits shot at the wagons to direct the focus of the operation which caused minor injuries to passengers by shattering glass windows of the train that passed by the Triagem station.

Estudos Nacionais reported that:

"The front to combat the enticement of minors was formed by units from the General Department of Specialized Police, Capital Police Department and Core (Special Resources Coordinator), aerial images and from residents of the region showed the rush of traffickers armed with rifles, jumping rooftops in an attempt to find a better position against the police onslaught. Jacarezinho is commanded by the Comando Vermelho, a criminal faction that uses guerrilla tactics to terrorize the population and guarantee a monopoly on crime.

The Comando Vermelho was created in 1979 in the Cândido Mendes prison on Ilha Grande by intellectuals, leftist militants, and criminals imprisoned during the military regime. One of its founders, William da Silva Lima, "The Professor", is also responsible for militarizing and organizing the crime according to urban guerrilla tactics. Upon realizing the success of the plan, he said "We achieved what the guerrillas did not: the support of the poor population. I go to the slums and see children in a good mood, smoking and selling marijuana. In the future they will be three million teenagers, who will kill you [the police] on the street corners."

Portal Terra Brasil reported that MPRJ documents on action in Jacarezinho were seized in the community and proved the existence of leaks and that the bandits articulated as a result of the privileged information:

"Delegate Felipe Curi, director of the General Department of Specialized Police, also regretted the deaths, but said that the dead suspects had involvement with crimes such as drug trafficking, robberies and homicides, besides enticing children and adolescents.

"The DPCA had been investigating for 10 months. The drug traffickers were recruiting minors. During the investigation, we identified a series of crimes committed, kidnapping of SuperVia trains, execution of people by the Crime Court and the families not having the right to bury their dead and register at the police station," explained Curi."

The strategy of enticing minors aims to frustrate criminal law enforcement. The group had uniforms and a well-defined hierarchy. The seized weapons of war that were in the bandits' possession could be used against police and citizens.

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