The Public Ministry of Rio de Janeiro (MPRJ) is serving today (30) eight preventive arrest warrants and 19 search and seizure warrants in an operation that investigates a police corruption scheme. The target of the Carta de Corso operation is a group that worked within the Police Station for the Repression of Crimes against Immaterial Property (DRCPIM), from March 2018 to March 2021.
Six people had been arrested as of 7:20 am today, including a police chief and four other police officers.
According to the MPRJ, the group demanded payments from shopkeepers in Rua Teresa, a textile commercial hub in Petrópolis, in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro, to allow them to continue selling counterfeit clothes.
The group, according to the investigation, would be formed by two nuclei. One acted threatening shopkeepers and collecting bribes and the other illegally used the Civil Police structure to repress shopkeepers who refused to pay the required amounts. In these steps, the police would have forged evidence and produced false reports.
The Civil Police informed that its internal affairs department already has procedures open on the case and that it will request information from the MPRJ about today’s operation in order to join the investigations.
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