Brazil Fights Maranhão State Crime Wave

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - Both leaders and members of Maranhão state crime gangs jailed at Pedrinhas Penitentiary in the capital of São Luís will be transferred to federal prisons over the next few days, announced that state's Secretary of Public Safety, Aluísio Mendes, this week. The move was proposed by Brazil's Ministry of Justice after a Pedrinhas-led crime wave left two dead and four city buses burned in São Luís.

“[Maranhão] Governor [Roseana Sarney] promptly accepted the offer from the Justice minister and . . .

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