fuel theft in Petrobras pipelines affect even the market

The Civil Police and the Public Ministry of Rio state (MP-RJ) in operation today, March 16, managed to dismantle a gang that had scheme to divert fuel and oil from Petrobras. According to investigations, the gang last year yielded a loss of R $ 33.4 million state, the illegal theft of 14 million liters of fuel.

The Black Gold operation left the streets early on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Minas Gerais to meet 11 preventive arrest warrants and 26 search and seizure the group eschewed fuel and oil from Transpetro pipelines in low Fluminense, and resold illegally. According to police information, to divert the products, it was used the technique of trepanation, which deals with the installation of an underground bypass the perforated pipe, with no need to close the supply of the product.

According to reports, the illegal connections were installed in diverse terrain in Caxias, Nova Iguaçu, Magé and Metropolitan Arch. Investigations indicate that after diesel extraction, gasoline, alcohol, ethanol to crude oil, the products were taken to clandestine refineries in Minas Gerais and São Paulo.

The gang worked between June 2015 and March this year and among the accused as ringleader in Rio is the former alderman of Duque de Caxias, Denilson Silva Pessanha, known as "Maninho", which is on the run. Some accused have been arrested. The action has damaged not only Petrobras, but also the oil market in Brazil.

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