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Brazil deploys 7.000 troops along southern borders to combat organized crime

Tuesday, September 20th 2011 - 09:03 UTC
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Checkpoints looking for arms, drugs and contraband are to become a daily picture  Checkpoints looking for arms, drugs and contraband are to become a daily picture

The Brazilian government displayed this weekend thousands of troops with air support along the borders with Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in a concerted effort to combat organized crime.

The operation code named ‘Agata 2’ was anticipated to Mercosur neighbours during the region’s Defence ministers meeting September 8.

“We were informed that there would be an unusual movement of troops along the border; it’s an exercise, we’ll keep track” said sources from the Uruguayan Defence ministry that anticipated a similar joint exercise with Brazil “probably next year”.

The operation which was launched over the weekend begun next to the border with Uruguay with troops deployed along routes linking to border crossings.

Brazilian Army sources said that the purpose of the operation was to establish fixed and mobile checkpoints in search of drugs and weapons that supply gangs in Sao Paulo and Rio do Janeiro as well as controlling the illegal traffic of vehicles across the border.

The troops were supported by light armoured vehicles and all those cars crossing checkpoints that did not have the correct documentation, remained in custody.

“Agata will extend from Chui, across from Uruguay and next to the Atlantic ocean to Corumbá in Paraguay” said General Carlos Goellner commander of the Brazilian Army South Region, who admitted that the leg along Uruguay is rather ‘soft’ and the real tough and challenging area is along the Paraguayan border.

Brazilian television released a special program showing how the drug cartels from Bolivia and Paraguay used ‘clones’ double-engine civilian aircraft to deliver cocaine and other hard drugs on landing strips in Brazil.

The Agata operation is part of a major Frontiers Strategic Plan which has the support of an Israeli manufactured unmanned Vant drone and thirty other Air Force aircraft.

The Southern Cone is becoming of greater importance for the traffic of drugs to the US and Europe with the Brazilian gangs playing a major role, and supplying the domestic market.

“With these operations we want to cut the Colombia, Bolivia and Peru drugs’ circuit that arrives to the River Plate by air and in general cargo trucks. The Uruguayan police have caught several shipments both in the port of Montevideo and in Carrasco airport ready to be sent overseas”, revealed Uruguayan police forces.

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  • GeoffWard2

    Just an 'academic' question:

    Why is it that we deploy our 7000 troops *along the borders* with the surrounding countries, and not at 'choke points' ?

    The borders are arguably the least defensible zones where they exist in deep 'jungle' sertao, pampas, etc, - though a little more so if they are rivers.

    The implication is that movement of drugs come only one way - from the develish surrounding countries, into the innocent Brasil.
    Is this a reality? I think not.

    Arguably, the greater flow of drugs enters/leaves at point-locations like Guarulhos airport. and Santos marine port.

    But if we are to have Israeli-built drone air strikes (like Pakistan/Afghanistan) I would certainly prefer them to be at the uninhabited border rather than in Santos/SP.

    Sep 20th, 2011 - 01:42 pm 0
  • Be serious

    Is this the start of Brazil's Continental ambitions and the end of Argentina as a Nation State.
    One plus point is that you'll have a really good soccer team.

    Sep 20th, 2011 - 02:20 pm 0
  • Artillero601

    Geoff, let me give you a different perspective in reference to the choke points you just mentioned. Should the countries of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay be involved in the operation also?

    Sep 20th, 2011 - 02:22 pm 0
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