Federal Police combats smuggling of Argentine wines into Brazil

Evidence indicates that the amount of approximately R$2.1 million received by the investigated would be arising from illegal practices


Dionísio Cerqueira/SC - The Federal Police launched an operation on Thursday (19/5) to crack down on the irregular entrance of wines from Argentina into the country, serving two search and seizure warrants issued by the Federal Court of Chapecó/SC, in the cities of Francisco Beltrão/PR and Curitiba/PR.


According to the investigations, which began in 2018 with the arrest of a member of the organization that carried out the transportation of the misappropriated drinks, the wines were supplied by a person who has a commercial establishment in the neighbouring Argentine city of Bernardo de Irigoyen.


The mentioned transporter, as well as the receptors of these wines in the city of Curitiba/PR, had already been targets of Operation Merchant, having been indicted and convicted for the crime of smuggling.


The investigated, who lives in Francisco Beltrão/PR, was in charge of transporting the loads, an activity for which he had assembled a fleet of up to five vehicles, at the time operating from Salgado Filho/PR.


With the removal of the bank confidentiality of these two investigated, it was found that, in the years 2018 and 2019, they received in their accounts approximately R$ 2.1 million, with indications that they are amounts from the activity of smuggling of wines, since they had no formal activities in the period.


The damage caused by the group is inestimable, as there are indications that they have been practicing this type of crime for many years. In addition to tax evasion and unfair competition with merchants who practice this trade legally, there is also risk to the consumer, who, in the event of a problem with the product, will have no way to ensure their rights.


The investigated parties will respond, to the extent of their responsibilities, for the crimes of smuggling and criminal association, with maximum sentences totaling up to 7 years in prison.


Source: PF combate o descaminho de vinhos argentinos para o Brasil — Português (Brasil) (www.gov.br)