Operation Ágata Norte: The armed forces are stepping up interaction operations in the states of Pará and Amapá

Patera HM-1 of the Brazilian Army – Photo: Antônio Oliveira

The Ministry of Defense (MD) is carrying out Operation Ágata Norte in October and November, coordinated by the 4th Maritime District Command, in collaboration with state and federal authorities, as well as public and environmental security agencies.

Preventive and repressive measures against cross-border and environmental crimes, as well as decontamination and hospital assistance, have been implemented in the states of Pará and Amapá. These include Operation Ágata Norte, the Command of the 4th Maritime District, the Military Command of the North and Wing 9 (Belém Air Force Base).

The activities reinforce the permanent presence of the armed forces in the Amazon, regularly represented by the actions of the Brazilian naval agencies, the jungle battalions of the Brazilian army and the air force control departments of the Brazilian air force.

Brazilian Army soldiers on a speedboat – Photo: Antônio Oliveira

According to Brigadier General Adilson Giovani Quint, commander of the 22nd Jungle Infantry Brigade, the numbers for Operation Ágata Norte so far show the importance of interaction activities on the eastern Amazon border.

“The presence of the armed forces guarantees the defense of our borders. In integrated measures, we have increased our presence in order to tackle problems such as illegal mining and deforestation with more assertiveness, and we have not only managed to suppress the local population, but also to raise awareness, ”said General Quint.

Federal delegate Alexandre Brabo emphasized the breadth of the joint secret service activities of the armed forces and security authorities. “Integrated intelligence guarantees speedy procedures, as it is possible to curb illegal actions by suppressing environmental and cross-border crimes,” he said.

Military personnel of the Brazilian Army – Photo: Antônio Oliveira

Inspection actions, inspections, and naval patrols are among the activities of the military. 1,943 ships were called at between October 22 and 30. Of these, 126 were notified, 72 were arrested and two were seized. Fines for non-compliance with normal waterway traffic can guarantee the collection of up to R $ 286,400.00. The amounts are an estimate of the violations committed, pending assessment and appeal.

One of these naval patrols and inspections was carried out jointly by the Brazilian Navy’s (MB) Patrol Ship (NPa) Bocaina, the French National Navy patrol ship “La Résolue”, with the support of the Air Force P-95 aircraft of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). The action took place between October 23 and 24 near the mouth of the Oiapoque on the edge of the exclusive economic zone. A total of 18 ships were inspected.

At sight

Photo: Antônio Oliveira

Near the Oiapoque River, a border region, Brazilian soldiers confiscated seven shotguns, a rifle and 510 ammunition, 241, 12 and 269.22 calibers. The seized material was handed over to agents of the federal police. In cooperation with the Federal Motorway Police, the military is also blocking and inspecting BR-156 vehicles.

Also within the framework of Ágata Norte, measures to enforce regulations in rivers and port areas in Pará (ports of Barcarena and Santarém) seized more than 146,000 tons of manganese and wiped out 3,000 marijuana plants. The activities were carried out by the armed forces, federal police, Ibama, the National Mining Authority and the Federal Revenue Service, who acted in a coordinated and integrated manner. All ore seized was of illegal origin, was mined in Pará and sold with falsified invoices by companies with mining permits. In addition to the ore, machines were confiscated. It was the largest manganese seizure in the state.

Also in coordinated secret service operations, members of the armed forces and agents of the federal police located two marijuana plantations in a river area in the rural area of ​​the municipality of Ipixuna do Pará. On this occasion, three thousand feet of the plant, equivalent to 1 ton of the drug. The breeders fled the construction site with the arrival of the teams.

Social citizen action

The hospital aid ship “Soares de Meirelles” provided the population of Breves (PA) with medical and dental care. The activities took place between October 24th and 26th and employed doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and nursing technicians from the armed forces. The teams were transported in Luftwaffe aircraft. A total of 620 medical care, 620 nursing care and 117 dental care were offered. In addition to 150 laboratory tests, 23,000 medications and 1,640 oral hygiene kits were distributed to those present.

Photo: Antônio Oliveira

Operation Achat North 2020

Operation Ágata Norte 2020 will involve more than 4,300 servicemen from the Brazilian Navy, Brazilian Army and Brazilian Air Force, and deploy more than 70 naval, 100 land and 14 air assets. For the benefit of the activities, the military personnel are alerting society to measures to combat COVID-19 and complementing the measures taken as part of Operation Verde Brasil 2.

You are developing measures in an area between the states of Pará and Amapá, which corresponds to 16.3% of the national territory, 14.2% of the sea area, 1,160 km of coastline (15.7% of the total area) and 1,323 km of coastline, land border (8.4% the total amount).

Patera HM-1 of the Brazilian Army – Photo: Antônio Oliveira

In addition to the armed forces, the following organizations are participating in Ágata Norte 2020: Federal Police (PF), Federal Road Police (DVRF), Federal Tax Service (RF), National Mining Authority (ANM), Brazilian Secret Service (ABIN), Amapá Civil Police, Amapá Military Police, Brazilian Airport Structure Company (Infraero) , Management and Operations Center for the Amazon Protection System (Censipam), Brazilian Institute for Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio), Public Ministry of Labor of Santarém (PA) and Institute for Prison Administration of Amapá (IAPEN-AP).

Source: Ministry of Defense

Photos: Antônio Oliveira

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