An operation, launched this Thursday (07), carried out arrest and search and seizure warrants against those accused of involvement with a militia in Feira de Santana (BA). Among them, military police and state deputy Kléber Cristian Escolano de Almeida (Patriota), known as Binho Galinha.
The parliamentarian is appointed as the leader of the militia group accused of crimes of laundering money from Jogo do Bicho, loan sharking and qualified reception. The operation carried out the preventive arrest of six people: Mayana Cerqueira da Silva, João Guilherme Cerqueira da Silva Escolano, Jorge Vinícius de Souza Santana Piano, Jackson Macedo Araújo Júnior, Josenilson Souza da Conceição and Roque de Jesus Carvalho.
The operation also carried out 35 search and seizure warrants, including the deputy’s house and farms. And also seized documents, cocaine paste, weapons and ammunition. The Public Ministry of Bahia (MP-BA) denounced a total of 15 people for alleged involvement with the militia.
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In addition to the six who were arrested, deputies Kléber Almeida, Thierre Figueiredo Silva, Nilma Carvalho Pereira, Ruan Pablo Pereira Carvalho, Alexandre Pereira dos Santos, Washington Martins Silva, Vagney dos Santos Aquino, Bruno Borges França and Kleber Herculano de Jesus are also accused. .
Operation ‘El Patron’ was carried out jointly by the Public Ministry of Bahia (MP-BA), through the Special Action Group to Combat Criminal Organizations (Gaeco), Federal Police, Federal Revenue and the Integrated Correctional Force of the Secretariat of Public Security (Force/Coger/SSP).
The complaint was received by the Court, which ordered the blocking of R$ 200 million from the bank accounts of those investigated and the seizure of 26 urban and rural properties, including ten farms, nine houses, four plots of land, two apartments and a commercial space, fourteen vehicles , in addition to the suspension of economic activities of six companies. The MP also asks in the process that the Court determines the payment of a fine of more than R$30 million for collective moral damages.
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According to the MP-BA, investigations revealed that the criminal organization carried out, in a decade, bank transactions exceeding R$100 million, a total transferred directly over time by those investigated and by companies that carried out money laundering.
According to the complaint, the group would also have the participation of military police officers from the state of Bahia, who would be part of the armed wing of the militia. They would be, through the use of violence and threats, responsible for charging undue amounts arising from gambling and loans at excessive interest.
* With information from MP-BA.
Source: BdF Bahia
Editing: Gabriela Amorim