Photo: Marcio Jose Sabino Pereira
Brazilian police on Saturday found the dead body of a suspected major drug dealer in the slums of Rio de Janeiro shortly after a shootout.
Marcio Jose Sabino Pereira, who allegedly controlled several “favelas,” or shantytowns, on that metropolis’ north side, was wounded in a law-enforcement operation early Saturday in the Vila Alianca favela but he managed to escape along with some of his accomplices, Rio de Janeiro state’s Military Police force said.
Hours later, not far from the site of the clash, two police officers discovered Pereira’s body inside a car trunk that had been left ajar.
The police said they suspect some members of the suspected drug lord’s gang initially tried to assist him but chose to leave him behind due to the severity of his injuries.
Pereira, alias “Matematico” (the Mathematician), was Rio de Janeiro’s most-wanted drug dealer and authorities last month announced a 10,000 reais (about $5,000) reward for information leading to his whereabouts.
He had been facing 15 arrest warrants for different crimes, all related to drug dealing.
The Rio de Janeiro state government is attempted to pacify the city’s most violent favelas in preparation for hosting the 2016 Olympics.