Brazil gets tougher against cross-border organized crime

Brazil has introduced tough measures to strengthen the fight against cross- border organized crime by equipping state and local governments with high-tech scanners and surveillance equipment.

   Each state will receive a mobile scanner, with border states receiving two of the latest high-tech scanners. In addition, each state will be allocated nearly 15 million U.S. dollars to install surveillance cameras.
   Announcing the new measures on June 3, President Dilma Rousseff, said the ultramodern scanners could detect weapons and drugs hidden inside trucks and cars, even in the tires or bodywork of the vehicles.
   The cameras, she said, will be installed in 60 cities, and states will also install systems to transmit and monitor the images.
   The president has also provided an overview of Brazil's two-year-old Border Strategic Plan, which in May, entered a new phase with the launching of an operation involving 33,500 military troops and more than 1,100 civilian agents.
   During the first days of the operation, Rousseff said, 184,000 vehicles and 12,000 ships were inspected, detecting more than 6 tons of illicit drugs and 8 tons of explosives.
   By protecting our borders, she said, the government shall help increase the safety of its population as well as global events such as the Catholic World Youth Day, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the 2016 Olympic Games.
   President Rousseff said four unmanned drones will be used in border operations to help boost security.