Rio drugs: Police catch most wanted favela boss 'Rogerio 157'

From BBC - December 6, 2017

One of Brazil's most wanted men has been arrested in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Rogerio Avelino da Silva, better known as Rogerio 157, was detained in the Rocinha favela, a sprawling neighbourhood largely controlled by gangs.

He is wanted on charges of drug trafficking, extortion and murder.

Almost 3,000 officers took part in the operation which led to his arrest. Some of them took selfies with the suspect.

Brazilian daily O Globo published the selfies, in some of which Rogerio was smiling while the officers flashed the victory sign.

Rio police also published a video of the arrest on Twitter. They said he had not offered any resistance.

Rogerio 157 made it on to the most-wanted list in September after gunmen loyal to him fought street battles with gang members of a jailed rival drugs boss in Rocinha.


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