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Alleged Leader Of Rio De Janeiro’s “Comando Vermelho” Murdered In Paraguay

By Dialogo
April 01, 2011


A Brazilian, alleged to be a leader of Rio de Janeiro’s “Comando Vermelho”
criminal organization, was found dead, with signs of having been executed, on the
outskirts of the Paraguayan locality of Ciudad del Este, 330 km east of Asunción,
the police reported on 30 March.

According to the report, Luiz Claudio da Rocha Mero (forty years old),
considered one of the leaders of the criminal group and one of the Brazilian
police’s most wanted, was found handcuffed and with several bullet
wounds.

A document in the name of José Pereira da Silva was found among his
belongings.

Rocha was suspected of trafficking in cocaine and marijuana, in addition to
commanding one of the largest gangs of carjackers in northern Rio de
Janeiro.

The Comando Vermelho (‘Red Commando,’ CV) is the largest and oldest
drug-trafficking faction in Rio de Janeiro. It was born from a union of political
prisoners of the last military dictatorship (1964-85) with ordinary convicts in the
isolated prison of Cándido Mendes, on Ilha Grande (an island off the southern coast
of Rio de Janeiro).



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