Land Grab Rancher surrenders
Operation Rios Voadores: AJ Vilela is stuck in São Paulo
Appointed Chief of the illegal deforestation and land grabs in Pará, the rancher paulista surrendered today to the Federal Police
Degraded forest area in Pará scheme run by AJ Vilela. Photo: Ibama
The rancher Antonio José Junqueira Vilela Filho, known as AJ Vilela, surrendered today to the Federal Police in Sao Paulo. He was the main target of the operation, triggered by the Rios Voadores, Federal Public Ministry, PF, Brazilian Institute of environment and inland revenue. AJ is appointed as head of an illegal deforestation and land grabs in the State of Pará.
With him are 15 people arrested in the operation. The gang worked from 2012 in the cities of Altamira and Novo Progresso and was commanded by AJ and the brother-in-law, Ricardo Viacava. The two are trapped in the incarceration of PF in São Paulo, as well as Ana Luiza Junqueira Vilela Viacava, AJ‘s sister and wife of Richard. The scheme coordinated by the family moved R$ 1.9 billion between 2012 and 2015 and destroyed 300 square km of forest, an area equivalent to the territory of municipalities as Fortaleza (CE), Belo Horizonte (MG) or Recife (PE).
For these and other crimes, Fredrik figure today as the offender who received fines of greater value already applied by Ibama in the Amazon region (R$ 163,000,000 in ten violation notices), and who is responsible for the largest area already choked by the municipality in the region (300 square kilometers). The environmental damage assessed so far is R$ 420,000,000.
According to the investigations, the group invaded forests on public land, removed and sold the timber of higher value, and after dropping the remaining and active fire kills. In the wasteland was planted grass and installed. To practice these crimes, the criminal organization utilized workmanship subject to conditions similar to those of slaves.
After the consolidation of the pastures, the Group registered the land in rural official environmental records. The records were made in the name of laranjas (people who serve as intermediaries in shady land deals). The pastures, then, were exploited by members of the group or leased to third parties.
Federal prosecutors in Pará