UPP Commander Arrested in Rio

By Laura Madden, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Federal Police arrested eleven people last Thursday, February 16th including an ex-commander of the Police Pacification Unit (UPP), accused of involvement in drug trafficking in Morro de São Carlos, a favela in Estácio, Zona Norte (North Zone). According to the Federal Police (PF), ex-commander captain Adjaldo Luiz Piedade, is accused of receiving approximately R$15,000 each week for a period of about six months.

The money is reported to have come from the drug lord known in the community as Peixe (Fish), with whom Piedade negotiated . . .

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