Brazil: Police Seize Gangâ€™s Reptiles
Published: September 3, 2008
Police officers found two caimans while searching for the leader of a drug gang in a poor section of Rio de Janiero on Wednesday. They said the caimans, crocodilelike reptiles, were being used by drug traffickers to intimidate their enemies and dispose of bodies. â€œThe caimans are a symbol of power of the traffickers,â€ said Ronaldo Oliveira, the commander of the police departmentâ€™s robbery and car theft unit, according to the Web site of the newspaper O Globo. â€œWhen they catch a rival, they kill him and give him to the caimans.â€ Television reports showed police officers carefully placing the caimans, which were found in the backyard of a house, in the back of a truck.