Sao Paulo's state police arrested more than 2,400 people on Thursday in a major anti-crime operation involving thousands of police troops.
Some 18,000 police officers participated in the operation, in which at least 103 kg of drugs and 135 weapons were seized, and 700 stolen vehicles were recovered, police said.
Sao Paulo's Chief General Mario Jordao said the main target of the operation, code-named "Strike," were such rampant crimes in the state as rape and murder.
Among those arrested were three suspects charged with the robbery of a bank in February in which a 13-year-old girl was shot during the confrontation between the robbers and security guards, police said.
Police also dismantled a network of private investigators who allegedly bribed local telephone operators and offered the taped materials to their clients.
A gang of three people charged with frauds in the banking system were also arrested. Police found 2,000 cloned bankcards with them.
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