RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio police conducted their largest drug seizure to date during an operation targeting organized crime in the north zone neighborhood of Maré, said Governor Wilson Witzel.

The raid started early Thursday, July 18th, with police using several large armored personal carriers to advance into the community under gunfire.

Maré is notorious for being dominated by several heavily armed factions fighting for territory on a block by block basis. Following extreme ongoing levels of violence, the community was occupied by Brazil’s armed forces from 2014 to 2015.

It is located less than 2 KM from Rio . . .

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