HomeNewsBriefRousseff Praises Brazil Border Security Crackdown
BRIEF

Rousseff Praises Brazil Border Security Crackdown

BRAZIL / 12 OCT 2011 BY ELYSSA PACHICO EN

In a review of Brazil's expensive border security plan, now four months old, President Dilma Rousseff highlighted drug seizure and arrest statistics.

Brazilian forces have seized 62 tons of narcotics and made 3,000 arrests since the president approved the border security plan in July, according to MercoPress news agency. Over 650 tons of weapons and explosives have also been seized, President Rousseff added.

Brazil's "Strategic Border Plan" is meant to crack down on drug trafficking and other contraband running along the country's 17,000 kilometer frontier. Rousseff has said improving control of Brazil's borders is her government's number one security priority, and granted the Border Plan a $6.3 billion budget for the next eight years

During that time, Brazil is supposed to double the number of patrol agents stationed along the frontiers and deploy an additional 5,000 troops to select border towns. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, there are currently fewer than 1,000 police protecting the 11,000 kilometer border shared with Peru, Colombia and Bolivia, the region's top cocaine producers.

All branches of the Brazilian security forces, including the police, army, navy and air force, are meant to increase operations along the border region. This includes more aerial and satellite surveillance along areas identified as contraband hotspots, especially on the frontier with Paraguay.

A previous security initiative, "Operation Sentinel," which started in March and ended in August, saw the arrest of over 1,600 people in three border states. That operation, which emphasized police and intelligence work, is supposed to continue and expand under Rousseff's "Border Plan" decree.  

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.

Tags

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 / 27 OCT 2016

Over the past several years, both Brazil and Guatemala have been rocked by revelations of widespread corruption at the highest…

BRAZIL / 26 MAR 2014

Following new outbreaks of violence in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, Brazil's authorities have announced plans to send in troops to…

BRAZIL / 16 MAY 2011

In a May 13 interview with Infobae America, the governor of Rio de Jaineiro says that the city…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Apure Investigation Makes Headlines

22 OCT 2021

InSight Crime’s investigation into the battle for the Venezuelan border state of Apure resonated in both Colombian and Venezuelan media. A dozen outlets picked up the report, including Venezuela’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

THE ORGANIZATION

Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

THE ORGANIZATION

Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.