Bada Bingo Bada Bang: Heavy Arms in Vacant Gambling Joint


Bingo Jabaquara, Southern Zone, São Paulo. Jumping-off point for Santos. Source: Fotoagência NMM(-TV)SNBCNNBS-Tabajara (me).

Armas e munições são apreendidas em bingo lacrado em SP: Arms and ammunition found in a sealed bingo in Santana, near the main bus terminal, here in São Paulo.

SÃO PAULO – A polícia apreendeu munição, algumas de uso exclusivo das Forças Armadas, e várias armas por volta das 2h15 desta sexta-feira, 23, no interior do Bingo Cruzeiro do Sul, na zona norta da capital paulista. Localizada na altura do nº 3.108 da Avenida Cruzeiro do Sul, no bairro de Santana, ao lado do terminal rodoviário do Tietê, a casa de jogos foi fechada em definitivo pela Prefeitura em julho deste ano.

Police seized ammunition, some of it reserved for Armed Forces use, and a number of weapons on Friday, November 23, at 2:14 am, from inside the Bingo Cruzeiro do Sul in the northern district of the city. Locate at 3108 Cruzeiro do Sul Ave., in Santana, next to the Tietê bus terminal, the gaming house was shut down for good by the city government in July of this year.

Nesta madrugada, o segurança que toma conta do estabelecimento, ao abrir um dos compartimentos de um armário que era utilizado pelos funcionários, encontrou nele duas pistolas calibre 380, um revólver calibre 38, outro calibre 32, uma granada de ferro, um sinalizador de luz e som e um explosivo de gás lacrimogêneo.

In the early morning hours of Friday, the security guard looking after the establishment, upon opening a closet used by employees, found two .380 pistols, a .38 revolver, a .32 revolver, a hand grenade, a siren and flasher unit, and a tear gas round.

Havia também munições de pistolas, revólveres, carabinas, espingardas e fuzis, de calibres diversos, como 7.62, 380, 7 e 9 milímetros, .40, 357, 32, 22, 12 e 20. Policiais militares foram acionados pelo segurança e encaminharam o armamento e as munições ao plantão do 09º Distrito Policial, no Carandiru. A polícia agora vai investigar a origem e tentar descobrir o dono do material.

There was also ammunition for pistols, revolvers, carbines, shotguns and assault rifles, of various calibers: 7.62 mm, 7mm, 9mm, .40, .357, .32, .22, and 12- and 20-gauge shotgun shells. Militar police were called to the scene and took the weapons and ammo to the 9th Police District in Carandiru. The police will now try to determine the origin of the materiel and who who owns it.

The police will now try to determine how weapons reserved for use by the police wound up in a bingo joint.

Earlier this year, an alleged mob lawyer was found with a spreadsheet indicating payoffs to the vast majority of metro police precincts in exchange for protecting bingos. See

Among the bribe recipients listed in the ledger were the Federal Police, the Organized Crime Division and the State Judicial Police.

On attempts to estimate the amount of ammunition for police- and military-issue BFGs floating around loose, see also

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