Jul 14, 2012

Illegal Sale of Gold in the Amazon Region


Police arrested smugglers of gold in the Brazilian Amazon, that resulted in at least 26 arrests, as reported by local media.Brazilian authorities have seized huge quantities of gold, mining equipment and numerous aircraft.

Due to the wide expanse of the Amazon, it is very difficult to maintain tight control of the area. The area in question, which has suffered a major environmental damage, is located near the border with Venezuela. In particular, detainees are using highly toxic dose of mercury to separate the salinity of the river of gold.

This operation has responded to allegations made by populations of Yanomami Indians, one of the many and varied groups that survive in the Brazilian Amazon.

The Brazilian police has specified that up to five criminal groups were involved in this network of illegal sale of gold that was found a year ago, during which the authorities have been investigating. This network, which were involved from engineers to businessmen, was based in the city of Boa Morte.



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