Days after police stormed one of Rio de Janeiro's most dangerous shantytowns to seize back territory long held by a powerful drug dealing organization, city health and welfare workers are working to ease the despair and devastation left behind among hundreds of crack cocaine addicts suddenly without drugs.
Since Sunday, when more than 2,000 heavily armed officers stormed into the Manguinhos and Jacarezinho complexes, crews working with police support by Wednesday had rounded up 231 crack users, and another 67 who had migrated elsewhere looking for the drug.
The area had been Rio's biggest open-air crack market, known as 'cracolandia,' or 'crackland,' where hundreds of users bought the drug, consumed it and lingered in shacks and on blankets, picking through trash for recyclables to sell so they could buy more.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Rio Police closes down "crackland" ahead of Olympics.
It will be interesting to see Brazil now starting to crack down on situations like this just because of the Olympics when they should have taken a harder stance a long time ago.