Several types of alcoholic beverages were seized inside the Ricardo Brandão Prison.  (Photo: Publicity/Dracco)

The group has been detained since January 6, when the Civil Police operation dismantled the scheme.

Several types of alcoholic beverages were seized inside the Ricardo Brandão Prison. (Photo: Publicity/Dracco)

The judge of the 2nd Criminal Court of Ponta Porã converted the temporary arrests of five criminal police officers from the Ponta Porã prison, investigated for being part of a criminal organization that received bribes to authorize benefits and even facilitate the escape of prisoners. The group has been detained since January 6, when a Civil Police operation dismantled the scheme.

According to information from Dracco (Department for Repression of Corruption and Organized Crime), during Operation La Catedral, cell phones, notebooks and computers of the investigated were seized, in addition to documents and R$ 47,100. Seven vehicles that were with the servers were also taken to the police station and now, they will have to prove legal origin in the purchase.

In addition to the crime of criminal association, criminal police officers are involved in the practice of infractions such as concussion (advantage for themselves or third parties), passive corruption, favoring the entry of cell phones, among other crimes.

Among those arrested is Carlos Eduardo Lhopi Jardim, 40, former director of the Ricardo Brandão Penal Unit in Ponta Porã. In addition to Carlos Eduardo, were arrested: João Xavier Martins Neto, Justo Aquino Navarro, Luiz Carlos Soto and Maicom Thomaz Corrêa de Alencar. All were taken to the Military Prison in Campo Grande.

The criminal police officers were arrested on the 6th, during Operation La Catedral, which discovered a facilitation scheme to escape from the prison, in addition to the criminal police officers receiving bribes to favor luxury cells, such as the entrance of alcoholic beverages, meat (in natura), cell phones, electric showers and even custom furniture.

The footage of one of the leaks was released by Dracco. The incident took place on February 2. In the image of the unit’s security system, it is possible to see one of the inmates approaching the criminal police officer who takes care of the prison’s “gate” and talking to her. The two talk for a few seconds, until another inmate approaches.

At this moment, the first suspect surrenders the police officer, holds her by the neck and opens the entrance gate to the unit. Then he and his colleague flee on foot. That wasn’t the only unit leak in the past year. Days later, on February 18, another inmate escaped alone. In July, a trio of inmates left the prison, in the same way as the first two, through the front door. In October and November, the mysterious prison breaks continued.

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