Brazil's Federal Prosecution Service has formally accused eighteen of belonging to criminal gangs involved in sending cocaine in fruit containers to Europe through the port of Salvador, north of the country. With Operation Decontamination, twelve search and seizure warrants were ordered plus eight preventive arrests last April in several cities of the states of Bahia and São Paulo.
Members of the gangs have been charged with forming a criminal organization for illegal trafficking, international drug trafficking, money laundering, and falsifying public documents. According to investigations, the scheme created the conditions for port staff to put narcotics into containers bound for the European continent. The Federal Court of Bahia will now continue with the process.