Brazil Strengthens Borders Against Narcotraffickers

By Dialogo
July 01, 2011



Smugglers wait on the Brazilian bank of the Parana River as a package of
unidentified merchandise is lowered from the roadway of the Friendship
Bridge.
Border control is one of Brazil’s biggest challenges. Its land borders
stretch 16,886 kilometers along 10 different countries. More than half of these
frontiers are made of dense forest, leaving the borders vulnerable to illegal
trafficking of drugs, arms, contraband and unlawful immigration.
To help combat this threat, the Brazilian government has inaugurated
Integrated Border Management Offices (GGI-Fs) along the frontiers. “The objective of
the GGI-F is to confront organized crime in an integrated manner in the 11 states
that have borders with other countries,” reported the Ministry of Justice. these
GGI-Fs will count on the support of federal, state and municipal security forces.

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