Rio police hail arrest of drug kingpin in 3,000-strong favela operation

Rogério da Silva was wanted for homicide, extortion and drug trafficking in Brazil’s biggest favela and blamed for gang warfare

Security forces in Rio de Janeiro have arrested a drug kingpin blamed for a war between rival gangs in Brazil’s biggest favela.

Rogério da Silva, 36, also known as Rogério 157, was seized by 3,000 Brazilian military and police on Wednesday morning. He was wanted for homicide, extortion and drug trafficking, and a $15,000 reward had been offered for his arrest.

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Original published: 2017-12-06 14:23:02 Read the full Rio De Janeiro News here


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