Operation Ágata 6 Seizes 3.7 Tons of Drugs
By Dialogo November 02, 2012
Operation Ágata 6, completed on October 24th, seized 3.7 tons of drugs, 67 vehicles, and 201 vessels. The total count was released by the Brazilian West Military Command, in Campo Grande (Mato Grosso do Sul), which was responsible for the execution of the operation under the guidance of the Ministry of Defense. The Navy, Army, and the Air Force, as well as public agents from 12 ministries also participated.
In two weeks of military operations 35,000 inspections of vehicles and 17,000 pedestrian searches were conducted. In the region, inspections took place in 132 civil airplanes, and 88 aerodromes.
Due to the Armed Forces activities, 67 vehicles and 201 vessels were seized. The troops also collected US$ 26,000, supposedly destined for the purchase of narcotics. The sixth edition of Ágata started on October 9.
The operation is part of the Strategic Border Plan established by presidential decree. Ágata 6 covers the patrol of 2,620 miles, from Corumbá (Mato Grosso do Sul) to Mancio Lima (Acre).
Seventeen troops from the Army’s 1st Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear Defense Platoon patrolled rivers along the southern part of the Pantanal, in Mato Grosso, for two weeks.
The goal of mobilizing the squad was to work jointly with the Navy and to test new equipment that detects radioactive material in vessels sailing in the region.
During the activity, a “pusher” – riverine vessel utilized in the Pantanal – was approached and the troops checked if there were any existing materials via the HGVI, equipment that detects hazardous gases and vapors, and the RadSeeker, a nuclear threat material identifier.
After the analysis, no harmful components to the biodiversity of the region or to humans were identified onboard the boat. According to “Potengi” commander Lieutenant Alan de Freitas, exchanging experiences is helpful when working jointly.
“It is a pleasure to work with the Army, in addition to allowing a cultural and equipment information exchange, it improves our coexistence and also helps to fulfill the mission that Brazil is expecting us to accomplish,” he said.