RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s most wanted arms trafficker, an alleged weapons supplier for Rio de Janeiro’s biggest criminal gang the Red Command (CV), was captured in southern Paraguay on Wednesday, Rio authorities said, as they battle growing crime in the city.
Marcelo Pinheiro Veiga, known as Marcelo Piloto, was arrested in the town of Encarnación after hiding out for years in Paraguay, which neighbors Brazil. From there he sent arms, drugs and ammunition to favelas dominated by Rio’s largest gang, Rio state authorities said in a statement on Wednesday.
A police source who declined to be named confirmed that the gang was the CV.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration participated in the arrest of Veiga, who is wanted for murder, trafficking, and criminal association, the statement said.
Rio’s authorities are seeking to combat rising crime in the seaside tourist destination. Earlier this month, they arrested Rogerio
SAO PAULO – Police say one of Brazil’s most wanted drug and arms traffickers has been arrested in neighboring Paraguay.
Rio de Janeiro’s State Security Department says in a statement that Marcelo Fernando Pinheiro Veiga was arrested Wednesday in the Paraguayan city of Encarnacion.
The statement says that the man also known as Marcelo Piloto had been living for years in the city from which he coordinated the shipment of drugs, arms, ammunition and explosives to organized crime groups in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.
He is also accused of murder and robbery.
His arrest comes one week after police captured drug boss Rogerio Avelino da Silva, who oversaw drug trafficking operations in the Rio slum of Rocinha, one of Brazil’s largest.
COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) The Copperas Cove Police Department has started a social media campaign to help catch the department’s most-wanted suspects.
Last month the department posted a most-wanted list of three suspects on Facebook and Twitter and was able to make an arrest within 24 hours.
The list included people wanted for murder, burglary and long outstanding warrants.
Police say social media push has helped them make four felony arrest in less than a month.
The department has a social media team that works hard to respond to messages and tips.
They have also made progress through a website called Next Door Page.
Sgt. Kevin Miller says a lot of things play a role in their recent success and they hope it will continue.
“Some of it is good police work, luck and the public support in giving us tips,” Sgt. Miller said.
He says there are only 53 sworn officers at
MURRAY, KY – A man wanted in Texas on human trafficking charges was arrested in Murray on Monday, according to the local police department.
Police say they received information that the man might be in Murray, and then began surveillance of a home where it was believed the man could be living.
The man, 35-year-old Herman Henry Fox, showed up after several hours, police say. He was arrested without incident.
Fox was on the Texas 10 most wanted fugitives list. He is wanted on charges of trafficking of persons, compelling prostitution by force or threat, and possession of marijuana. Bond in Texas has been set at $1,015,000.
In Murray, Fox is also now charged with being a fugitive from justice. Because of that charge, he is being held in Kentucky pending extradition to Texas.
The Murray Police Department says it was assisted
Three adults and two children were injured in a crash on Interstate 57 in Williamson County, Illinois on Monday night, December 11.