Police Arrest Scores in Sweep of Sao Paulo’s ‘Crackland’
It’s the beginning of a new era. Yesterday 500 armed Brazilian police cracked down on Cracolandia, an area in São Paulo where drugs have been bought and sold freely for years. About 40 people were arrested on suspicion of trafficking, while angry addicts and community members vandalized and looted the area. Mayor João Doria promised that Crackland “won’t come back,” pointing to plans to deploy police and install CCTV cameras, but he acknowledged that the area’s historical drug problems may require more than simple brute force to cure.