HomeNewsBriefPolice Intercept Massive Beer Delivery at Notorious Rio Prison
BRIEF

Police Intercept Massive Beer Delivery at Notorious Rio Prison

BRAZIL / 25 OCT 2011 BY JEANNA CULLINAN EN

Despite promising to increase security following a inmate party in September, Brazilian officials are investigating why 2,600 cans of beer were delivered to a Rio de Janeiro prison that holds former military police charged with crimes.

Public Security Secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame confirmed that a military police lieutenant, on duty when the contraband was delivered Sunday, was arrested and charged with breach of orders. He was later transferred to a holding facility in downtown Rio.

Beltrame also said that authorities have identified everyone involved with the illegal beer delivery. Although no other suspects were named, investigators stated that the 2,600 cans of beer were intended for an inmate named "Fabio."

One officer investigating the incident suggested that the beer may have been destined for other businesses in the neighborhood, rather than being smuggled into the prison another inmate party.

Officials at the Special Prison Battalion (Batalhão Especial Prisional - BEP) in northern Rio de Janiero have been criticized for lax security measures, most recently when photos of an inmate party were leaked to the press in September. The photos feature a former military police officer, Carlos Ribeiro, alleged member of the Justice League (Liga de Justica) militia and accused of at least 16 murders, partying inside the prison facility with other inmates and visiting family members. He later escaped from the facility, becoming the latest of several notorious prisoners who have escaped from BEP custody.

Following Ribeiro's escape in September and subsequent publication of the damning photos of the inmate party, prison officials promised to improve security at the BEP. According to O Globo, banned items, including televisions, air conditioners and microwaves, were confiscated from inmates cells. Prison authorities said that inmates would be moved to a new, more secure facility with cameras and x-ray machines.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

BRAZIL / 15 DEC 2020

On November 14, 2016, about 12 p.m., Carlos Magno de Souza was driving along the asphalt streets of Peruíbe, São…

BRAZIL / 15 NOV 2012

As murders spike in São Paulo and police face off with the powerful prison gang known as the PCC, there…

BRAZIL / 18 FEB 2011

Rio de Janeiro has named its first female police chief after a purge of the city's civil force revealed widespread…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution Met With Uproar

6 MAY 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime launched its latest investigation, Venezuela’s Cocaine Revolution¸ accompanied by a virtual panel on its findings. The takeaways from this three-year effort, including the fact that Venezuela…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…