Price Rises Cause Meat, Even Live Cattle, to Become Target of Organized Crime

With prices on the rise, gangs are robbing meat trucks. In large cities such as Rio and São Paulo, it is already common to see meat trucks with armed escorts.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A little over a week ago, 40-year-old security guard Carlos Henrique Menoio de Carvalho was killed during an attempt to assault a truck in Rio de Janeiro. The crime took place at dawn, on Rodovia Presidente Dutra (BR-116), at km 164, in Jardim América just outside Rio.

According to the Federal Highway Police (PRF), the bandits intercepted the truck in an attempt to steal the cargo. There was a confrontation between the criminals and those responsible for escorting the vehicle. The guard was shot and succumbed to his injuries. The criminals fired . . .

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