Front line in war between drug factions, Manaus’ Compensa neighborhood lives bloody days

The neighborhood is coveted by organized crime for its strategic location on the banks of the Negro River, which facilitates the transit of cocaine shipments coming from Colombia or Venezuela.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Authorities are investigating an alliance between the Familia do Norte and Terceiro Comando Puro against the Comando Vermelho (CV), which partially dominates the region. A new group, Cartel do Norte, may also be involved in the killings.

"Attention: Uber or residents of Compensa 1, 2 and 3, when entering the neighborhood please lower the car windows and turn off the headlights for your own safety. We are at war. Signed CV." The message, spray-painted on a wall on Brasil Avenue in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, is aimed at outsiders: the over 75,000 . . .

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