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Major Militia Operation Sees 17 Members Arrested

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of Rio's largest "militia" extortion gangs was dismantled on Thursday, August 7th, as military police (PM) arrested seventeen of its members during an operation in the Rio de Janeiro Zone Oeste (West Zone) neighborhood of Campo Grande. In 2011 figures from the Rio's Divisão de Homicídios (Homicide Division) showed that 45 percent of the murders were committed by militias the year prior, and the plague has continued.

Among the arrested members was police officer João Henrique Barreto. Barreto, also know as Cachorrão (Big . . .

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