World Cup previews - Brazil goes after drug traffickers

Brazil launches a "pacification" operation in the favela complex of Lins de Vasconcelos, in the North Zone in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela complex, or shanty town, was previously controlled by drug traffickers and will now be occupied by the city's 35th UPP or "Police Pacification Unit". The favela pacifications are occurring amid Rio de Janeiro's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.

Rio Pacification

Military police on horseback patrol during a 'pacification' operation in the favela complex of Lins de Vasconcelos, in the North Zone, on October 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela complex, or shanty town, was previously controlled by drug traffickers and will now be occupied by the city's 35th UPP or 'Police Pacification Unit'. The favela pacifications are occurring amid Rio de Janeiro's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Rio Pacification

Special forces soldiers stand by during a 'pacification' operation in the favela complex of Lins de Vasconcelos, in the North Zone, on October 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela complex, or shanty town, was previously controlled by drug traffickers and will now be occupied by the city's 35th UPP or 'Police Pacification Unit'. The favela pacifications are occurring amid Rio de Janeiro's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Rio Pacification

Residents watch as military police on horseback patrol during a 'pacification' operation in the favela complex of Lins de Vasconcelos, in the North Zone, on October 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela complex, or shanty town, was previously controlled by drug traffickers and will now be occupied by the city's 35th UPP or 'Police Pacification Unit'. The favela pacifications are occurring amid Rio de Janeiro's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Rio Pacification

Residents (L) watch as police on horseback and patrol during a 'pacification' operation in the favela complex of Lins de Vasconcelos, in the North Zone, on October 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela complex, or shanty town, was previously controlled by drug traffickers and will now be occupied by the city's 35th UPP or 'Police Pacification Unit'. The favela pacifications are occurring amid Rio de Janeiro's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Rio Pacification

A military helicopter flies overhead during a 'pacification' operation in the favela complex of Lins de Vasconcelos, in the North Zone, on October 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela complex, or shanty town, was previously controlled by drug traffickers and will now be occupied by the city's 35th UPP or 'Police Pacification Unit'. The favela pacifications are occurring amid Rio de Janeiro's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Rio Pacification

Military police on horseback patrol near the favela complex of Lins de Vasconcelos, in the North Zone, on the day of a 'pacification' operation on October 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela complex, or shanty town, was previously controlled by drug traffickers and will now be occupied by the city's 35th UPP or 'Police Pacification Unit'. The favela pacifications are occurring amid Rio de Janeiro's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Rio Pacification

Soldiers walk before starting a 'pacification' operation in the nearby favela complex of Lins de Vasconcelos, in the North Zone, on October 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela complex, or shanty town, was previously controlled by drug traffickers and will now be occupied by the city's 35th UPP or 'Police Pacification Unit'. The favela pacifications are occurring amid Rio de Janeiro's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Rio Pacification

Special forces soldiers standy by with dogs trained to sniff for drugs and weapons during a 'pacification' operation in the favela complex of Lins de Vasconcelos, in the North Zone, on October 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela complex, or shanty town, was previously controlled by drug traffickers and will now be occupied by the city's 35th UPP or 'Police Pacification Unit'. The favela pacifications are occurring amid Rio de Janeiro's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Rio Pacification

Soldiers prepare for a 'pacification' operation in the nearby favela complex of Lins de Vasconcelos, in the North Zone, on October 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela complex, or shanty town, was previously controlled by drug traffickers and will now be occupied by the city's 35th UPP or 'Police Pacification Unit'. The favela pacifications are occurring amid Rio de Janeiro's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Rio Pacification

Resients gather during a 'pacification' operation in the favela complex of Lins de Vasconcelos, in the North Zone, on October 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela complex, or shanty town, was previously controlled by drug traffickers and will now be occupied by the city's 35th UPP or 'Police Pacification Unit'. The favela pacifications are occurring amid Rio de Janeiro's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Rio Pacification

Residents watch as police on horseback patrol during a 'pacification' operation in the favela complex of Lins de Vasconcelos, in the North Zone, on October 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela complex, or shanty town, was previously controlled by drug traffickers and will now be occupied by the city's 35th UPP or 'Police Pacification Unit'. The favela pacifications are occurring amid Rio de Janeiro's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)