Brazil Gets Tough on Smugglers

    The Federal Revenue agency has intensified its surveillance this year along Brazil’s border with Paraguay. Police officers and Federal Revenue agents are working in conjunction on the Cataract Operation, which is intended to contain the traffic of drugs, arms, and, most of all, illicit Paraguayan merchandise, which increases at this time of year because of Christmas.

    According to the Federal Revenue supervisor in Foz do Iguaçu, José Carlos Araújo, 70 million contraband items were seized in October.


    He said that the value of what has been apprehended so far represents US$ 2.94 million (8 million reais). Compared with the corresponding period of 2003, the seizure rate is up 88%.


    Araújo revealed that some of the steps taken by the Federal Revenue this year to intensify the searches of buses that transport street vendors to Paraguay to replace their stock of merchandise have led to a considerable increase in the volume of cigarettes seized.


    As a result, Paraná has become the most important state in terms of apprehensions. Between January and October, 1.4 billion cigarettes, worth US$ 5,804,364, have been removed from circulation. This represents 62% more than the amount seized all last year.


    Agência Brasil
    Translator: David Silberstein

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (3)

    • Guest

      Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!
      Wildfires are a tragic issue that need to be addressed! Steps we can all take to avoid wildfires:
      [LIST]Don’t start fires in the wilderness!

    • Guest

      FREEEEE screensaveres
      [B]’ello![/B][U]UNDERLINED[/U]

    • Guest

      amanda
      hellllo. this is a beautiful website! my name is Amanda and my birthday is NOT soon!

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    Brazil’s Key Interest Rate Expected to Rise

    Brazilian equities rose, Thursday, alongside various favorable corporate news items. Despite initial profit taking, ...

    Brazil Decides to Become a Shipbuilding Power

    Tuesday, February 7, witnessed the first step towards the concretization of the Technological Improvement ...

    China and US’s Growth Should Boost Brazil’s Exports

    The growth of some of the main world markets may benefit Brazilian exports this ...

    Brazil Will Use Digital TV to Expand the Internet

    Brazil’s Minister of Communications, Hélio Costa, affirmed that there is an expectation that digital ...

    Woman Indian from the Macuxis thanks God and Justice

    Brazil: Indians Celebrate Supreme’s Ruling on Land, But Farmers Vow to Fight

    Across Brazil Indians are celebrating a resolution by the Brazilian Supreme Court, where the ...

    While Brazil Burns Lula’s Popularity Rises

    Brazilian public opinion remains strongly behind President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in spite ...

    Minister Carlos Lupi

    Another Nail in Brazilian Labor Minister’s Coffin: Ethics Committee Wants Him Out

    In a surprising move to the Brazilian government the Executive Committee on Public Ethics ...

    Inventors from Brazil Win International Eco Competition

    A company that uses technology in the production of sustainable oils, another that organically ...

    Brazil Reiterates It Will Reach Oil Self-Sufficiency in 2005

    Petrobras – Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – reports that although it will not reach its ...

    Brazil Expecting to Increase Its Exports by 10% in 2006

    An estimate by the Higher Economic Council (COSEC) of the Federation of Industries of ...