FAB acts to combat illicit activities at Guarulhos and Galeão airportsFAB acts to combat illicit activities at Guarulhos and Galeão airports

Decree No. 11.765, of November 1, 2023, involves the use of security forces to combat organized crime through the Guarantee of Law and Order.

Air Force Agency, Lieutenant Gabrielle Varela

With the aim of strengthening the fight against drug trafficking, weapons and other illicit conduct through preventive and repressive actions, the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) was called in by the Federal Government to act in the Operation to Ensure Law and Order (GLO) at Tom Jobim International Airport – Galeão (RJ) and São Paulo International Airport – Guarulhos (SP), from November 6, 2023 to May 3, 2024.

The FAB’s mission includes the use of air force resources, on a singular or interagency basis, as well as the performance of operational activities by the Air Force Police, and subsidiary actions upon order, in order to degrade the capacity of Criminal Organizations (ORCRIM) in the repression of illicit actions.

[Click here to download the original image] With 600 military personnel from the Security and Defense Groups (GSDs), Air Force infantry units, the FAB will work together with the Federal Police, the Federal Revenue Service, the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), the Military Police and the Civil Police, both in the aircraft maneuvering area and in the baggage handling areas, with the help of sniffer dogs.

“The aim is to partner with these agencies to degrade the capacity of those who carry out some kind of illicit activity or any kind of detour, such as transporting weapons, drugs, ammunition and other illicit activities, in order to improve the social scenario in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo,” explained the Commander of the Operation for the FAB, Air Brigadier Major Luiz Guilherme da Silva Magarão.

For the Director of Operations at Rio de Janeiro International Airport, Dimas Salvia, the presence of the FAB is very welcome at Galeão. “This is our pre-high season moment, and the presence of the Air Force will bring a greater sense of security to passengers. We have the federal public authorities, so this synergy is fundamental to the success of their entire mission,” he said.

The immediate strengthening of crime prevention and repression actions along the border, carried out together with the Brazilian Army (EB), is another front on which the Air Force is working, also under the Federal Government’s action in conjunction with the Federal Police and the Federal Highway Police.


According to Decree No. 11.765, of November 1, 2023, signed by the President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and the Ministers of Defense, José Mucio Monteiro, and Justice and Public Security, Flávio Dino, the military will carry out preventive and repressive actions aimed at strengthening the fight against drug and arms trafficking, as well as other illicit activities. The work will be carried out in conjunction with public security agencies and will take place from November 6 to May 3, 2024.

The Ministry of Defense (MD), through the Armed Forces, will deploy 3,700 military personnel to expand the fight against crime along the border and in a specific Guarantee of Law and Order (GLO) operation at the ports of Itaguaí (RJ), Rio de Janeiro and Santos (SP) and at the Tom Jobim (RJ) and Guarulhos (SP) international airports. The GLO is an instrument that grants police power to the military to act in these areas.

Photos: Lieutenant Colonel Zucarelli / CECOMSAER; Corporal Zacanaro / BASP; GSD-GL *** Translated by DEFCONPress FYI Team ***


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