According to police captain André Drumond, the policemen arrested charged R$2,000 to R$3,900 a week to dealers in at least three shantytowns in the Duque de Caxias area to avoid operations at their location and to receive warnings of the presence of troopers from other PM battalions.
Drumond estimates that 15 traffickers were arrested and immediately released because of their deal with the police.
The really grotesque incident was when the PM shot it out with drug traffickers involved in a turf battle in Catumbi, closing off one of the main access routes to downtown Rio during rush hour. Earlier this year.
Rocking and rolling machine-gun suppressing fire everywhere! Stockbrokers in suits running for cover! Panic in the streets like you have never seen in your entire freaking life!
They caught the drug-gang leader who led the invasion.
They even perp-walked him for the eager media.
Then a PM lieutenant got the guy let go.
I kid you not.
"We are investigating other crimes committed by these policemen, such as murders, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, and hijacking," said the captain, saying that Operation Two-Face, as it is called, has no expiration date, and will continue.
The police may be expelled from the force and, according to PM internal affairs, will answer to charges of rackeetering, active and passive corruption, conspiracy to traffic drugs, and [extortion involving abuse of official powers.]
The problem is that that answer to a separate, parallel military justice system whose track record of convictions over the decades does not inspire complete confidence that the Rio military police have suddenly developed zero tolerance for impunity.