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Brazilian drug lord has Bieber fever

15:00 Tue Nov 30 2010
MSN NZ
Justin Bieber mural found in the home of a drug lord.

Brazilian police discovered a giant portrait of Justin Bieber in the home of a Rio de Janeiro drug lord during a raid at the weekend.

See photos: Bieber mural found in drug mansion

The hand-painted mural of the teenage pop star was hung from a wall in the luxurious mansion, which was abandoned by drug kingpin Alexander Mendes da Silva ahead of the raid.

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    The mansion, situated in the notorious Rio slum Complexo do Alemao, also had a rooftop swimming pool, sauna, disco and a wide-screen television in every room.

    An army of 2,600 law enforcement officers, paratroopers and marines descended on the residents of Alemao, a virtually lawless area with a population of 400,000 on Sunday morning.

    The officers conducted several raids within the slum in an attempt to flush out drug dealers from the Red Command drug gang, who are known to be hiding in the network of shantytowns.

    During the raids police seized assault rifles, missiles and 40 tonnes of narcotics — including 200kg of cocaine.

    The confrontations left at least 59 people dead. During the raid gang members attempted to flee via a sewerage system and by dressing as evangelical preachers.

    Police arrested 40 people, including Zeu, a well-known Red Command trafficker who was responsible for the 2002 murder of Brazillian journalist Tim Lopes.

    Security Secretary Jose Beltrame promised security forces would continue flushing out criminals from other slum districts around the city, including neighbouring Rocinha and Vidigal.

    "We've won one battle, but not the war" against Rio's drug traffickers, he added.

    The recent crackdown is part of a concerted campaign to clean up the city as Brazil asserts itself as a major economic and political force and in the lead up to two large scale events #&151; the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

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