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Brazil | Police break up major illegal timber theft & fraud ring plundering Indigenous reserve

Brazilian federal Police (PF) have shut down a major illegal logging and forest credit fraud scheme operating in the states of Pará, Santa Catarina, Paraná and Mato Grosso. The gang of timber thieves was able to commit this major environmental crime due partly to gaps in the government’s logging licensing program and poor control of the timber production chain in Pará and Mato Grosso, according to experts on the matter.

The police operation code named Anhangá Arara (protective spirit of nature and the Arara Indians), focused on a family business group based in Paraná that had been conducting illegal activities in the aforementioned states, with the family patriarch responsible for overall coordination.


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