Rio cops clamp down on slum crime

2011-02-06 18:31

São Paulo - Rio de Janeiro authorities say police faced no resistance in an operation to take control of nine slums commanded by drug traffickers.

Backed by dozens of armoured vehicles, a helicopter and nearly 1 000 men on the ground, police invaded the downtown slums and in less than two hours easily took control without any exchange of gunfire.

Police spokesperson Henrique de Lima Castro Saraiva said police were conducting thorough searches in the slums to look for drug traffickers, weapons and drugs.

The shantytowns were taken over early on Sunday so authorities can begin installing police units that are part of programmes to pacify the city's poor communities.