Saturday, October 17, 2020

André Oliveira Macedo given wings to fly

Police in Sao Paulo have launched a hunt for André Oliveira Macedo, 43, leader of one of Brazil's biggest criminal organizations. He went on the run after being freed from prison the previous day on a judge's order that was revoked a few hours later. Macedo is the chief of the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC) crime gang, and was being held following his arrest in September 2019 on charges of organizing large shipments of cocaine to Europe. The PCC is one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Brazil.
Marco Aurélio Mello, one of 11 justices on Brazil's Supreme Court, granted a habeas corpus request that allowed Macedo to leave a Sao Paulo prison. Macedo reportedly drove to the town of Maringá and boarded a private plane that left immediately for Paraguay, where the organization has a strong presence. During his arrest at a mansion in Angra dos Reis, cops seized two speedboats and a helicopter. Oliveira is said to own a fleet of boats.