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Sixteen serbian allegedly mobsters and drug traffickers arrested in Brazil.

World chart of serbian mafia drug trafficking into Europe.

A serbian crime gang was seized by Brazilian federal police,  showing an increasing problem for South America — foreign mafia groups (like the serbian) are increasingly using Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay as corridors to export the continent’s cocaine to Europe and elsewhere.

Sixteen alleged members of the Serbian mafia acting in South America were arrested between Sunday and Thursday in Brazil, federal police confirmed on Friday.

Some serbians were captured along Brazil’s remote Amazon border near Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina, and others in international transportation hubs such as Sao Paulo.

Brazilian federal police said that around eight of those arrested were citizens of Serbia.

They also informed that the Serbian government has requested the extradition of the alleged leader of the brazilian chapter of the serbian mafia.

Police in Brazil would not identify the suspects, publicly.  But the serbian justice minister, Snezana Malovic, said among the arrested were alleged criminals like Goran Nesic and Dejan Stojanovic, who are on Serbia´s most-wanted list.

Malovic said his country will seek their extradition.

Before being captured in Brazil, the alleged mafia leader Goran Nesic was convicted of drug trafficking in Serbia and escaped entering jail.

The Minister Malovic said that Dejan Stojanovic, also known as Keka, is also wanted in Serbia. The authorities accuse him of robbery.

For these arrests, three countries worked together: Serbia, Brazil and U.S.A.

The DEA’s office in Washington confirmed their assistance in the investigation.

The arrests in Brazil conncluded a two-year intelligence operation that resulted in the seizure of 1,370 pounds (620 kilograms) of cocaine, 35 arrests, and the equivalent of $1.2 million.

According to serbian authorities the serbian mafia have been operating in Brazil for 10 years now, as are other international criminal organizations like the yakuza mafia (japanese).

Brazil is the only country in Latin America that produces the chemicals needed to convert coca leaves in cocaine paste.

Colombia, Peru and Bolivia are suppliers of cocaine in Brazil. However the best cocaine laboratories, the most sofisticated are to been founded in Colombia.

The serbian mafia also provides manpower to the latinamerican cocaine gangs. Last year, three Serbs were killed in Bolivia while working as bodyguards for a local bolivian trafficker.

Maierovitch also said that Brazil’s economic development is drawing more foreign criminals.

Money laundering is also an activity within the criminal serbs. One way to hide dirty money is buying up real estate, and coincidentally Brazil has become one of latin America´s hottest property markets, nowadays much more profitable than the U.S. real estate market.

Police said a brazilian federal court ordered the seizure of the serbian´s assets, which included 31 buildings, three boats and 15 luxury vehicles.

The head of U.S. military’s Southern Command said Monday in Miami that “we have a key threat that we all need to focus on and that is transnational criminal organizations in Latin America,” Gen. Douglas Fraser said at a conference organized by the University of Miami’s Center for Hemispheric Policy.

Gral. Fraser also said that the U.S. must recognize the increasing threat from transnational organized crime TOC in Latin America.

The five  areas of concern in Latin America for Gral. Fraser are terrorist organization looking for funding in Latin America, drug trafficking, weapons trade,  human trafficking and money laundering.