Rio’s drug traffickers raise pigs in between the favelas to dispose of rivals3 min read

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Rio’s drug traffickers are raising pigs in the city’s favelas to dispose of their rivals – with recent cases of at least nine corpses being fed to the animals

  • Wilton Arjona da Silva is accused of raising the pigs to eat rival gang members
  • Police said 9 people fed to the animals which live in trafficker’s mangrove area 
  • The pigs were starved to make them hungry so they’d eat bodies, witnesses said
  • A Rio court has now arrested 11 traffickers for murder and corpse concealment

Drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro are accused of raising pigs to eat the dead bodies of rival gang members they have killed. 

Two investigations by state police have concluded that drug dealers fed at least nine people to the animals in Rio’s Vigário Geral neighbourhood. A court in Rio ordered the arrest of 11 of the gangsters last week. 

The police said that the pigs were kept behind a trafficker’s house in a mangrove area between two rows of slum houses and that they even know the name of the pig thought to have eaten the corpses.  

The name of the trafficker thought responsible for raising them is Wilton Arjona da Silva and his nickname is Little Pig, according to Extra Globo. 

They were led to the pig theory after the disappearance of seven young people in May this year. 

During a turf war with a rival neighbourhood, officials say that the traffickers went to the scene equipped with weapons, kidnapped the rivals and executed them. 

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A witness later testified to officials that the corpses were ‘thrown as feed for wild pigs.’  

The authorities received a tip off that the bodies were eaten by a pig called ‘Chicão’ and that it was systematically starved to make it hungry enough to eat the bodies.

The other missing victims feared lost to the pigs are two young men who were reportedly captured by the Vigário Geral traffickers in 2017 after they committed a robbery in an area the criminals protected. 

The pigsty was located in between the slums of Vigário Geral (pictured) and Parada de Lucas. The police said that they kept the pigs in a sty in a mangrove behind one of the trafficker's homes

The pigsty was located in between the slums of Vigário Geral (pictured) and Parada de Lucas. The police said that they kept the pigs in a sty in a mangrove behind one of the trafficker’s homes

For disregarding their order of not robbing the Favela, sources said they executed them and witnesses put Little Pig at the scene. 

‘The missing were taken by the traffickers to the house of the man known as Little Pig, where there is a pig sty.

‘The bodies were given to the animals and then thrown into the mangrove that is behind the house,’ a witness told the Brazilian police. 

 

 

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