Home Page | Photos | Video | Most Popular | Special Reports | Biz China Weekly
Make Us Your Home Page
Most Searched: Gun control   US Election   Syria   NATO   Arafat   

Brazil deploys 9,000 troops to fight cross-border crimes

English.news.cn   2012-08-08 10:47:11            

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Brazil has reinforced its southern borders with 9,000 additional troops as the fifth stage of an ongoing crime-busting operation, local media said Tuesday.

The security reinforcement, officially named Operation Agatha 5, started on Monday and will last for 20 to 30 days along the nation's borders with Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay. The troops were backed by several helicopters, patrol ships, jets and armored vehicles.

Agatha 5 is mainly designed to stem criminal activities such as drug trafficking, contraband and illegal mining, according to Defense Minister Celso Amorim, who is expected to travel to southern Brazil Wednesday to inspect the operation in person.

Amorim said Brazil's neighbors were informed of the operation in advance and invited to send observers.

In four previous stages of the operation, Brazil seized more than 2.3 tons of illicit drugs, along with 302 boats used by traffickers and 59 firearms. Authorities also destroyed illegal landing strips used for shipping drugs, and illegal mining and logging sites.

Editor: Chen Zhi
Related News
Home >> World            
Most Popular We Recommend  
Top News  >>
Photos  >>
Video  >>
  Top World News  >>
  Special Reports  >>