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Drug Traffickers Create ‘Complexo de Israel’ Joining Five Favelas in Rio’s North Zone

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Amid the pandemic, a drug trafficker's gang is invading communities in the city's Northern Zone and creating a new favela complex. In expanding his dominance, the criminal is trying to enforce religion, leaving a trail of missing persons and placing barricades on the edge of Brasil Avenue, one of the main access routes to the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The "Complexo de Israel" is the name of the group of favelas controlled by drug dealer Álvaro Malaquias Santa Rosa, aka Peixão, 34 years old. The criminal's rap sheet has 35 felonies . . .

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