Brazil deploys troops to patrol its northern coast near border with French Guiana

In a move to stem crime, including the trafficking of drugs, weapons and gold, and other crimes rampant in the region, Brazil has deployed more than 4,000 soldiers to patrol its northern coast near the jungle border with French Guiana.

As per the reports, the troops, over two days of patrols in the northern Amazon rainforest states of Pará and Amapá, navigated the Amazon rivers and coastlines in boats and amphibious tanks. The operation Ágata Norte, in which other government agencies including police and environmental authorities are also involved, began on October 22 and is set to continue into November as well.

The troops, during patrolling have destroyed around 3,000 marijuana plants and have seized 146,000 tonnes of manganese, 86 grams of gold and several shipments of undocumented lumber.

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