by Staff Writers
Sao Paulo (AFP) Aug 28, 2014
Police in Brazil have broken up an Amazon deforestation gang considered the worst currently active, officials said Wednesday.
The gang would invade public land in northern Para state, burn down forest, divided the land into parcels and sell them, federal police said in a statement.
The group is responsible for environmental crimes to the tune of $230 million, said the Brazilian Environmental Institute.
There was no word on how many people were arrested.
"The suspects are considered the greatest destroyers of the Brazilian Amazon currently active," the institute said.
They should be charged with invading public land, environmental crimes, forgery, criminal association and money laundering, it added.
Arrest orders are being served in the states of Sao Paulo, Parana and Mato Grosso, police said.
If convicted, the suspects face more than 50 years in prison.
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