Rio: “Big Dogs Barking Had Their Shots”

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From the Small Arms Survey 2007 study: “Quantity of shells seized per neighborhood.” Areas with “strong presence of criminal faction” marked in red. Are militia groups counted as “criminal factions”?

Colecionador empresta armas para milicianos: Extra (Rio de Janeiro) reports that a prison guard and registered military weapons collector supplied assault weapons to an extortion-protection racket (a “militia”) run by policemen.

There was a fascinating study last year, as part of the annual Small Arms Survey, that tried to establish the provenance of cartridges picked up at the scenes of gun battles in the city involving “weapons reserved for military (and police) use.”

Three hypotheses were explored: That the ammo was being reimported from legitimate exports, that the ammo was coming from registered gun collectors, and (most likely, given the evidence at hand) that it was being sold out of military and police armories. See

The militia phenomenon is something I try to clip as much news on as possible.

Call me crazy, but the idea that some of the cops might be criminals — of the kind found playing football with human heads, in some notorious cases — tends to worry me.

I do mean to try and live in this country, after all.

Rio – Registrado no Exército como colecionador de armas, o agente penitenciário Nelson Siqueira Gonçalves Filho é apontado em investigações como responsável por fornecer fuzis para a milícia que dominava cinco favelas em três bairros do Rio. Policiais da Subsecretaria de Inteligência, da Secretaria Nacional de Segurança Pública (Senasp), e o Ministério Público estadual revelam que o grupo – que comandava comunidades como a Palmeirinha, em Guadalupe – mantinha nas favelas pelo menos dois fuzis que pertenciam a Nelson Filho, que integraria um grupo de elite da Seap.

Registered with the Army as a weapons collector, prison guard Nelson Siqueira Gonçalves Filho is pointed to by police investigations as responsible for supplying assault rifles to a militia that dominated five shantytowns in three Rio neighborhoods. Agents from the intelligence directorate of the state [judicial] police, the national public security secretary [Senasp] and the state prosecutor’s office reveal that the group, which commanded communities like Palmeirinha, in Guadalupe, kept at least two assault rifles belonging to Nelson in the communities. Nelson is said to be a member of an elite unit at SEAP, the state prison department.

” Escutas telefônicas, autorizadas pela Justiça, flagraram o agente penitenciário pedindo de volta aos milicianos um fuzil calibre 7,62 e uma carabina calibre 308 “

“Court-ordered telephone wiretaps caught the prison guard asking the militiamen to return a 7.62 mm assault rifle and a .308 carbine.”

Segundo os policiais, nos telefonemas, o agente chama os fuzis de cachorros: “Aqueles dois cachorros que eu levei aí, aquele dia. Amanhã é o negócio aqui em casa”, disse Nelson, na conversa que teve com Marcos Gregório Siqueira da Silva, o Zero. Em outras gravações, o agente indica um ponto de encontro para a devolução das armas, ao lado de um cemitério, em Magé.

According to police, in these phone calls, the prison guard referred to the weapons as “dogs.” “Those two dogs I took over there, that day. Tomorrow, there’s that thing here at home,” said Nelson, in a conversation with Marcos Gregório Siqueira da Silva, aka Zero. In other calls, Nelson sets up a meeting place for the return of the weapons, near the cemetery in Magé.

Armas em ordem

Weapons were legal 

No dia 16 de outubro, o 1º tenente do Exército André Justino de Carvalho esteve na casa do agente e encontrou o armamento. Num documento oficial, foram registradas “pendências”, que não são especificadas, na primeira vistoria feita em 28 de setembro.

On October 16, Army 1st Lt. André Justino de Carvalho was at the prison guard’s home and found the weapons. In an official document, unspecified “pending matters” are mentioned, from the first inspection conducted on September 28.

A Assessoria de Comunicação do Exército, em Brasília, confirmou que Nelson Filho está cadastrado como colecionador, atirador e caçador no Serviço de Fiscalização de Produtos Controlados da 1ª Região Militar. Ele tem cadastro válido até 25 de outubro. Segundo nota oficial, os colecionadores são avisados das vistorias, mas podem ocorrer visitas surpresas.

The Army’s press office in Brasília confirmed that Nelson was a collector, competitive shooter and hunter who was officially registered as such with the oversight office of the First Military Region. Their registration was valid until October 25. According to an official press release, collectors are informed in advance about the inspections, but surprise visits can also occur. 

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