RIO DE JANEIRO – Five people were arrested on Wednesday during a large military operation in a Rio de Janeiro slum, Brazilian authorities said.
At dawn, roughly 800 troops took up positions around the Nova Holanda favela (shantytown) in north Rio’s Complexo da Mare area.
While the soldiers were initially greeted with gunfire, they managed to take five people into custody and recover 10 stolen vehicles without serious incident, the military said.
The operation in Nova Holanda came a week after police backed by the army carried out sweeps in a number of north-side favelas to apprehend a reputed drug kingpin known as Rogerio 157.
Earlier this year, Brazilian President Michel Temer sent 10,000 military personnel to Rio de Janeiro state with the aim of curbing rampant violence.