Influencer who led a life of luxury arrested for leading criminal faction

An influencer flaunted a life of "travel, yachting and helicopter rides" online while running a criminal faction for her jailed husband, according to police.

Jéssica Andrade da Silva worked mainly in the Jangurussu neighbourhood of Fortaleza, capital of the State of Ceará, in northeastern Brazil.

Her husband, 'Vicente Peru', one of the main bosses of the Carioca faction in Ceará, was arrested in Goiás in 2016 and the following year was transferred to a maximum security federal prison, leaving open a place at the top of his ring.

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Up steps 28-year-old Andrade da Silva. As her stock in the gang rose, she began to flaunt her luxurious lifestyle on social media, as per reports in Brazil.

According to investigations by the Secretariat of Public Security and Social Defense (SSPDS), Jessica would have participated directly in the orders of Vicente Peru, her companion, in some situations "or collaborated in some way to make them happen".

She was arrested in Salvador, Bahia, on June 22.

On Sunday, July 10, she had a request to be detained under house arrest granted, because she has two children under the age of 12.

Her arrest warrant was issued by the Criminal Organization Crimes Court of the District of Fortaleza.

The Court of Criminal Organizations Crimes gave it the go ahead, with the application of precautionary measures, such as the use of electronic anklets and prohibition of the use of cell or landline devices.

She is also prohibited from receiving any type of visit, with the exception of family members up to the 2nd degree, health professionals and lawyers with power of attorney in the records.

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Police released an April 2017 conversation between she and her husband where he complains about protection being given by his gang as inadequate.

Jessica tells her husband that she spoke to another member of the faction, who said that the financial aid was monthly, not weekly.

'Vicente Peru' gets angry, says he has a member of the faction in prison who receives R$10,000 (£1,570) a month and claims that he has already done much more for the criminal group.

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