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Brazil: Top police officers arrested in Rio due to alleged criminal activities with drug traffickers.

In 2009 Allan Turnowski was appointed as the new head of the Civil Police in Rio. Previously State Director. He is now under investigation for alleged criminal activities.

During  “Operation Guillotine”, the Brazilian federal police beheaded a criminal gang entrenched in the police in Rio de Janeiro that extended from the top leadership of Rio´s police to the regular police agents on the street.

The first step of the “Operation Guillotine” was the imprisonment of  38 police officers and some civilians, in a process that began last Friday.

The federal authorities discovered that the corrupted police officers  had illegal drugs, weapons from the narcos, undeclared money in abundance and tens of sneakers and apparel, a product of  this gang of “thieves” within the military police (state police)  in Rio de Janeiro. As a result of this battle anti mafia yesterday resigned the Director of the Civil Police (Investigation) of Rio Mr. Allan Turnowski.

Adding to the confusion, the government closed the Law Enforcement Section and the Organized Crime Special Investigation in Rio.     It seems that the people of this special section would be involved in the mafia of Rio, acting as “supporters” and “partly owners” of the illegal business.

The Rio police mafia had bulging bank accounts, and those detected so far, would move at least 30 thousand dollars a day (over 900 thousand per month). The corrupted police were organized into four gangs/groups allegedly acting in the “fight against drug trafficking.”

The police criminals were based on the famous slum Alemao, that was “recovered” in december by the federal brazilian authorities. It was just after the mega-operation against drug trafficking developed in 2010 that the mafia police developed a very profitable business: the weapons seized in a favela were sold in another slum to rival traffickers. The weapons were ilegally “recicled”.   Not only that, for  fee of 60 thousend dollars,  the police crooks warned the drugs traffickers about any police action or sluminvasion, and this information was used by the drug traffickers to facilitate their escape.

In the raid on the polce station which operated in the slum Alemao, the Federal police found no less than 700,000 euros (in the European currency, not its equivalent in brazilian currency “reais”).   As with all of these paramilitary forces, and acting like the mobsters,  the corrupted officers had other illegal sources of revenue:  they extort money from the inhabitants of the favela to pay a toll in exchange for “security.”  By the same token, the imprisoned policemen charged for the  protection “offered” to the gambling houses and brothels.

The resignation of the head of the Civil Police, yesterday afternoon, came after the Operation Guilotine  arrested the Operation Commissioner Carlos Oliveira, the former right arm of the now former chief Turnowski.

A woman will be first in command of the Civil Police, reported the brazilian media. This is Martha Rocha, head of the Police Division on Women Care.

The Federal action is part of the policy of zero tolerance against organized crime that the president Dilma Rousseff promotes.

The new Director of the Federal Police PF  in Brazil, Leandro Coimbra, received a precise statement: that the security force PF must play “a central role in the fight against corruption, violence and organized crime.”

Before any other public megaproject for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, the new Brazilian government decided to face the relentless fight against crime in Rio do Janeiro.