Sign reads "Notice: Selling crack is prohibited in the community of Jacarezinho." Photo credit: O Globo/Divulgação/Rio de Paz
Translation of article “Tráfico fixa cartazes no Jacarezinho priobindo vende de crack na favela.” From O Globo, published June 20, 2012.
As of Wednesday, June 20th, the sale of crack is prohibited in the favela Jacarezinho, in Jacaré, a suburb of Rio that is considered the largest cracolândia [gathering of crack addicts] in the city. The order comes from drug traffickers in the area, and is displayed on posters around the community, according to the social justice organization Rio de Paz.
The ban extends to the neighboring communities of Mandela and Manguinhos. According to Rio de Paz president Antônio Carlos Costa, crack addicts were creating serious disturbances in the community, due to the drug’s hallucinogenic and destructive properties.
National Security Force troops in Morro Santo Amaro. Photo credit: Último Segundo.
Police sources say traffickers are also concerned that the crack epidemic will spur an invasion by the National Security Force, as happened in Morro Santo Amaro, in Catete.
Considered the largest crack point of sale in the South Zone, Santo Amaro was invaded on May 18th as a part of the federal initiative “Crack can be defeated” and in preparation for the installation of a Polic Pacifying Unit (UPP).
View of Rio's North Zone
Security Secretary José Mariano Beltrame faced a series of situations in 2011 that shook public confidence in law enforcement: Numerous instances of police corruption came to light. Judge Patrícia Acioli was murdered at the order of a Military Police officer; this revelation led to the resignation of the PM commander. The Military Police’s elite force, BOPE, has been accused of human rights violations. The past year will also be remembered for Beltrame’s successes, most notably the peaceful invasion of Rocinha. Five UPPs were installed, two of them in the large favelas of São Carlos and Mangueira. Three of Rio’s most wanted drug traffickers, Polegar, Marcelinho Niterói, and Nem da Rocinha, were arrested or killed.
Security Secretary Beltrame
In the following interview, Beltrame discusses anti-corruption strategies, pacifying Rio’s North Zone, and gambling rings.
Translation of article “‘A Zone Norte é a bola da vez: Jacarezinho, Maré, e Manguinhos’, diz Beltrame.” Published by O Dia on December 24, 2011.
O Dia - How was 2011, secretary? It started poorly and ended well, with the occupation of Rocinha.
Beltrame - I am very skeptical of victories. I always believe that things are better than they were, but what comes next is what matters.
Posted in Crime, Interview, José Mariano Beltrame, Rio de Janeiro, UPP
Tagged BOPE, Colonel Mário Sérgio Duarte, Complexo da Maré, Jacarezinho, jogo do bicho, José Mariano Beltrame, Manguinhos, Patricia Acioli, police corruption, Polícia Civil, Polícia Federal, Polícia Militar, Rocinha, Santa Teresa, UPP