08/29/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Drug War: Brazilian Female Police Commanders On The Rise

A police helicopter rattles through the skies over Rio, black-clad snipers poised at either side.

Below, in the Morro da Mineira shanty town, locals scatter for cover, shop-fronts clatter noisily shut and nearly 200 rifle-toting police operatives begin sprinting up the steep hillside, among them Inspector Santos de Mello, a member of the anti-weapons and explosives unit, better known as DRAE.

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