Police in Brazilian State Seize Engine Oil


Police in Brazilian State Seize Engine Oil
Police officers with the Civil Police of the State of Goias in Brazil examine packages of engine oil seized at a distributor's facility in Goianira. Photo courtesy of Civil Police of the State of Goias

Police in the Brazilian state of Goias, in a joint operation with government agencies, on May 22 seized more than 4,000 liters of engine oil at a distributor in Goianira, the Civil Police of the State of Goias said in a news release.

The police, through the Police Station for the Repression of Crimes Against Consumers, conducted the joint operation along with the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, and the Consumer Protection Agency, known as Procon Go.

“The product was seized for not being properly registered with the ANP and for presenting irregularities in its composition, such as the absence of an additive and the presence of vegetable oil, according to a previous analysis carried out by the ANP,” police said in a news release.

The seized engine oil was sold for use in automobiles, motorcycles and other engines, such as those used by power generators, police said. The owner of the distributor establishment – whose name was not disclosed in the police news release – may be liable for the commission of a crime against the economic order, police noted, and the penalty can reach up to five years in prison.

ANP is the federal agency responsible for regulating activities in and executing national policy for the oil, gas and biofuels industries in Brazil.

Goias, a Brazilian state located in the country’s center-west region, is the site of Brazil’s Federal District and Brasilia, the country’s national capital. Goianira is a municipality in central Goias.