Facebook in Brazil misused to sell Ecstasy and hire criminals.
Ecstasy tablets similar to these were sold through social networking sites in Brazil.
A young brazilian man, 25, suspected of dealing Ecstasy through the social networking site Facebook, was arrested by officers of Precinct 12 (Copacabana), in Barra da Tijuca in western Rio do Janeiro.
The commissioner responsible for the action, Antenor Lopes Martins Jr explained that the alleged criminal lived in the neighborhood of Espirito Santo (Holy Spirit) and came often to Rio de Janeiro to sell synthetic drugs to students of upper middle class. At the moment of the arrest, the suspect has 1,250 ecstasy tablets, hidden in his underwear, said the police officers to brazilian media.
The man was arrested late Friday night (July 29th). Police said he was acting as a wholesaler in drug trafficking. The delegate said that young residents of Barra da Tijuca bought Ecstasy with the suspect, and then resold the drugs in clubs and private parties in the neighborhoods south and west areas of the city.
Antenor Junior said it has identified five young people suspected of participating in the scheme. The commissioner found that through Facebook, the arrested man was negotiating the sale of drugs, including passing his bank account nr for deposit. Police said the suspect was using social networking to hire people to join the gang.
The sheriff said the drugs seized were dubbed by users as “oranges of Canada.” The tablets had the orange and maple leaf, symbol of the Canadian flag, printed.
“Our investigations indicate that this scheme has been operating for some months. These young upper middle class teengaers bought 300 tablets, and then resell to other consumers, “said Antenor Junior .
According to the police officer, the drug was imported from Canada and European countries. The police try to identify the person who brought the ecstasy into Brazil.
The suspect will be charged with drug trafficking and association for the trafficking. Putting the two crimes, the penalty can reach 15 years in prison.
“I’ll get the blocking of the accounts of people already identified as participants in the scheme. Then I will send the request to the Justice of an arrest warrant for these people, “said the delegate. RETURN TO HOMEPAGE