Military Gives Ultimatum to Rio Drug Traffickers, Dozens Dead
Defence Minister Nelson Jobim authorised the deployment of 10 military armoured vehicles, two Air Force helicopters and 800 soldiers, to be added to the 17,500 police already engaged in the crackdown. About 300 federal police were also dispatched to bolster local forces.
This is taking place in the favela called Complexo de Alemao. It is home to 400,000 people, including one of Rio's three major drug gang called Comando Vermelho (CV), whose leader, Marcinho V, is in a maximum security prison but believed to be sending out orders through his wife and two lawyers. Police arrested his wife and lawyers yesterday.
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