FAB takes part in Ágata Oeste Operation in the region of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul

Action in conjunction with the Armed Forces and other agencies aimed at fighting cross-border crimes

Campo Grande Air Base – Air Force Agency

The Brazilian Air Force took part, from July 18 to 27, in Operation Ágata Oeste, an action conducted by the Ministry of Defense, carried out jointly with the Brazilian Navy (MB), the Brazilian Army (EB) and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), as well as several federal and state Public Safety and Inspection Agencies (OSFP). The activities were carried out along the entire border line of the states of Mato Grosso (MT) and Mato Grosso do Sul (MS), which corresponds to 2,523 kilometers and had the objective of fighting cross-border crimes in the region.

Besides the primary mission of intensifying the presence of the State in the border region, the Operation promotes preventive and repressive actions against cross-border crimes and environmental crimes and strengthens the interaction between the various participating public security agencies.

Employment of resources and activities carried out

In Mato Grosso (MT) and Mato Grosso do Sul (MS), more than 4,000 military personnel from the Naval, Land and Air Forces, more than 730 OSPF agents, as well as 268 vehicles (13 armored), which covered about 80,000 kilometers; 41 vessels (six ships), which navigated more than 3,700 kilometers; and 17 aircraft, which totaled 81 hours of flight time during the operation.

With the use of naval, land, and air resources, preventive and repressive operations were carried out, such as river and land patrols; naval inspections; establishment of road and waterway blockade and control posts; searches of vehicles and vessels; air defense missions; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance missions; air logistics transport; and launching of cargo. All the actions were based on the cooperation of the OSPF and on the strict respect for the legal diplomas.

As tangible results, we highlight the significant seizures of marijuana and cocaine, which caused a loss of millions to drug trafficking. During the 10 days the actions were carried out, there were also seizures of aircraft, pesticides, contraband and vehicles, as well as arrests, recovered vehicles and fines for illegal fishing in the Paraguay River.


In the period from July 1st to 17th, inspection and repression activities were carried out against organized crime, in the context of Pre-Ágata. During this period, tons of cocaine and marijuana were seized, as well as other drugs and contraband.

Brazil-Paraguay Bilateral Cooperation

For the first time, Paraguay and Brazil acted in a combined and cooperative manner in the fight against transnational organized crime. Operation Basalto also carried out various types of interventions along the shared border, with very significant results.

Civic-Social Actions

As part of the actions of Joint Operation Ágata Oeste, the Hospital Assistance Ship (NAsH) “Tenente Maximiano” provided medical and dental care in Porto Murtinho, in the south of MS, on the border with Paraguay, from July 21 to 24.

In total, the three forces provided 404 medical and dental consultations, 766 exams, and distributed 62 dental kits to the population.

*** Translated by the DEFCONPress Team ***

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