Operation Integrated Borders I: A New Joint Interagency Operation

Operation Integrated Borders I: A New Joint Interagency Operation

By Anderson Gabino/Diálogo
November 09, 2021

Operation Integrated Borders I was carried out September 13-October 3, 2021, resulting in the arrest of 2,975 people and the seizure of more than 55.8 tons of drugs.

The Integrated Operations Center of the São Paulo Public Security Secretariat coordinated the operation with the participation of security forces from the states of São Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Paraná, and Rio de Janeiro, as well as federal and state agents, and services members of the Armed Forces.

State secretaries of Public Security involved in the operation, as well as representatives of federal government institutions, states, and municipalities meet by videoconference to evaluate the results of Operation Integrated Borders I. (Photo: Public Security Secretariat of Paraná)

The operations, launched simultaneously by participating organizations, established a new framework for large-scale integrated interagency operations, as they succeeded in innovating the strategic way of synchronizing activities in time and space.

The Secretary of Justice and Public Security of Mato Grosso do Sul, Antônio Carlos Videira, stressed the importance of the operation and integration of security forces to combat and crack down on organized crime. “In line with actions of the National Public Security Plan, Operation Integrated Borders I provided, through integration, a rigorous control and combat of cross-border crimes, especially narcotrafficking,” he said.

Service members of the Brazilian Marine Corps carry out surveillance on a road in Paraná, during Operation Integrated Borders I. (Photo: Public Security Secretariat of Paraná)

The result of the operation

According to the authorities involved, the operation was a great success, since during 20 days of work, they arrested 2,786 adults and 189 teenagers, and seized 55,891 kilograms of drugs, in addition to 424 illegal firearms, 687 cell phones, and some 2.8 million packs of cigarettes. During the activities, 487 stolen vehicles were recovered and another 1,472 vehicles that presented irregularities were seized.

Additionally, court orders were enforced along Brazil’s borders with Bolivia and Paraguay. Authorities carried out preventive search and  control tasks in ports and international airports of all states involved in the operation.

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