Report: Amazon tribe may have fallen victim to drug traffickers
Aerial images of the uncontacted tribe in Brazil's Amazon rain forest were released in February.
August 9th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

Report: Amazon tribe may have fallen victim to drug traffickers

Suspected Peruvian drug traffickers have destroyed a guard post protecting a recently discovered indigenous tribe in Brazil's Amazon rain forest, the aid group Survival International reports.

Aerial film and still images of the tribe were first shown to the world in February. The Brazilian government's National Indian Foundation established the guard station near the tribe's territory along Brazil's border with Peru to protect the Indians from outsiders.

Survival International said Monday that Brazilian authorities can now find no sign of the tribe.

"We think the Peruvians made the Indians flee. ... We are more worried than ever. This situation could be one of the biggest blows we have ever seen in the protection of uncontacted Indians in recent decades. It’s a catastrophe," Carlos Travassos, the head of Brazil's isolated Indians department, said in a Survival International statement.

Survival International reports the tribe's lands are near the Envira River, which Peruvian cocaine smugglers reportedly use as a route into Brazil.

Brazilian authorities report groups of men armed with machine guns and rifles are in the nearby forest, according to the aid group.

Authorities had recovered a drug trafficker's rucksack with a broken Indian arrow in it, Survival International reported.

"This is extremely distressing news. There is no knowing how many tribal peoples the drug trade has wiped out in the past, but all possible measures should be taken to stop it happening again. The world’s attention should be on these uncontacted Indians, just as it was at the beginning of this year when they were first captured on film," Survival International Director Stephen Corry said in a statement.

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  1. Aqua

    I know this is draconian and probably inhumane but, every drug trafficker captured should have their arms lopped off and then put back in society as beggars. I's wrong. But that never dawned on the traffickers that kill indigenous Indians with guns against arrows. That never dawned on European Settlers to the Americas when they killed many American Indians. That never dawned on the Spanish Conquistadors when they killed Mexican Indians. Uh?.....Excuse me well I lop my own arms off. Ugh! We just can't get away from our beastly mentality of conquering.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Buddy

    Ya know, somehow this is Obama's fault...

    August 9, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • AzHitman

      Don't you mean "Bush's fault" lol

      August 9, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. John Pedant

    "The world’s attention should be on these uncontacted Indians, just as it was at the beginning of this year when they were first captured . . ."

    A textbook illustration of unintended irony.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack Crowe

      I do concur.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • WhipCreamLarry

      Maybe you should post the entire quote, instead of taking out of context.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Slim_Sammy

      "The world’s attention should be on these uncontacted Indians, just as it was at the beginning of this year when they were first captured on film,"

      August 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thes33k3r

    Pic is almost certainly a fake. Wouldn't be the first time pics of fake lost tribes have emerged. Also supports the reason why tribe has disappeared...they weren't there in the first place. CNN, you should check the facts before posting articles and pics such as these.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      you need to check YOUR sources...

      "Unfounded allegations have been made that this video is a hoax because similar photos of the same tribe that were released in 2008 were incorrectly reported in the media as being an "undiscovered" tribe, thus leading to rumors of them being fake. CLICK HERE for more info on the "hoax" rumors being debunked in 2008."

      August 9, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      August 9, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    if drugs were legalized, taxed and controlled by the government, then there would be no profit for drug dealers. Then this would not continue to happen.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Then you'll have Big Business swamped all over it, and treat it like oil.... thus replacing all American food crops with drug crops. Beware of what you wish for.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • buke56

      If people in the US and elsewhere would quit doing blow then there would be no traffikers, therefore no genocide of these earthly tribes people. No one thinks about it while they are partying that the lines on the table cost many innocent people INCLUDING children their lives. I understand youre argument to legalize drugs but in the meantime the innocent people of the Amazon are the ones picking up the tab that no one thinks about at the party duuuuuude.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • nitin

      So.......make cocaine legal??

      August 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ben

      I always hear this same old "if it were legal, it would put the drug lords out of business"....REALLY??? How would you figure?

      In what "fantasy land" do you imagine that the cokeheads and crackheads of the world would be able to afford perscription narcotics? Please explain...or do you just expect this to fall under the mythical universal healthcare bill, which some folks seem to think will save the taxpayers money???

      Medicine is expensive. Treatment is expensive. Narcotics are expensive. Who will pay for this if narcotics were made legal??? Who will subsidize the out of work junkies....oh, that's right...welfare, SSI, and Obamacare. Those are all free as well, right?

      If you have a job, you pay taxes...THAT is what will pay for the junkies of our society (and just barely)....there is simply no room in the budget for free pharma-grade drugs...not unless you would like to pay 50 to 60% income tax and subsidize some POS junkster.

      So, the illegal drug lords and street drugs are likely to go nowhere, if they are legalized. It would just make it easier to operate, in turn, getting wealthier and more powerful than the folks who protect us. IMHO, a very scary thought.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      while i agree 'if people would stop, there would be no trafficking'
      What about slave labor.
      Kids being forced to work in terrible conditions and dieing, what about people in africa slaving in mines for diamonds.. losing life and limb.
      If people would stop wanting diamonds, their lives would be spared.
      If people stopped buying child labor clothing, kids lives would be spared..
      IF people stopped, sure a live would be spared... but would their family still get an income? no matter how small.. no, then they would die anyway..

      people should stop preaching about drugs ruining countries, when almost everyone is helping destroy people, from slave labor, to habitats being lost from deforestation.. stop acting like you are better then someone else

      August 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      I think about that every time I do a line of coke buke. Then I go into a fiery coke fueled tirade about it! Pretty fun, give it a try.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • rammstein

      Bob, You're right. (Period) It would give us the triple A rating back for sure. Also, crops would not just be drugs you freaking morons. We'd still grow food too or do you think we'd all just be drug addicts and not need to eat any more. Be careful for what you wish for my a$$. We fought a war on drugs for how many decades now...and guess what people, the "Drugs" WON!

      August 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Guns are legal, does that mean no one sells "illegal guns"?? Hmm, cars are also legal, so no one would ever deal in stolen cars, right? Oh yeah and Cigarettes are legal too, so again, no one would ever sell illegal cigarettes.

      Making something legal does not mean it will prevent violence. The people that may or may not have killed these villagers would have killed them anyway, legal or not.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Munki

    So, we are now taking the "Protect the indiginous!" approach with drug trafficking/smuggling? I'm sure there were about a dozen tribes, probably each with +100 members that got wiped out in the last 50 years. But what about the millions around the globe that die due to overdose? Granted, this opens the argument for "what to do; treat or get rid of drugs?" Maybe, it's the answer to the question...

    August 9, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. DC

    C'mon, they are just sports fans all dressed up for cheering on their favorite soccer team. As for the drugs, if the dealers should be shot on site, then why not the users. If you don't stop the illegal demand, you won't stop the illegal supply.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tom O

    OMG, a whole race of spidermans

    August 9, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. sheila

    I hope they were able to move to some undetected area and they're still ok – these drug traffickers have way too much control in that region; it's frightening.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. sea biscuit

    The illuminati should have never seen a picture of these people living outside of their control in the first place. See what happens!

    August 9, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. tee

    Oh I clicked on this because I thought I saw Spiderman and his brothers

    August 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. horsentien

    The word "Indian" in Peru is very derogatory, basically akin to a strong ethnic slur in the US. Not very sensitive to use it repeatedly in an article that's supposed to be sympathetic to a native tribe's plight.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gaucho420

    Who cares? These people live as if its 10,000BC. I'm not sure why the world protects those who live in a world, that isn't what they think it is. Think about it...they live in total ignorance of the world and have no idea what its like beyond the rain forest. Not exactly a lifestyle that should be cherished...and for what, our amusement that jungle people live worse off than the Egyptians of 10,000 years ago?

    I didn't realize we prized ignorance so much. And I'm an athiest.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • PCola Vet

      Geez, is today DA's post day or what? They didnt' need protecting until the chopper took their pic and then spread it all over the world. A people who've NEVER been spoiled by the outside world, and have NO need for the outside world, that is a treasure to be sure. Man some of you posters are really ignorant to what is and isn't important in this world.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Let's see...these people have been there for who the hell knows how long, and until recently probably didn't have a care in the world except obtaining food. No traffic, no credit worries, no job worries, no crime (apparently until recently), no one telling them how to run their lives, no taxes. So what if they live like it's 10,000 BC. It works for them, and they were probably quite content. Can you honestly say that about your life? Honestly? If it weren't for the creature comforts I've grown up with in my modern life, I'd envy them.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dirtystone

    They obviously very dumb creatures anyway that time has forgotten. Natural selection will destroy them one way or the other anyway. No loss really, assuming they are real. Stone age people have no place in our modern world, and should never be allowed to breed into our gene pool.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • PCola Vet

      I would say YOUR post shows just how much of a DUMB creature you are. In case you havnbe' tnoticed Einstein, those people were NOT in the modern world. Thyey were in their own little heaven until 'modern' man ruiined it. You must lead a pretty pathetic life. Do you even understand what you post? How can they breed into our gene pool? What a dumb azz.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Stephen

    Drug traffickers should be exterminated on sight

    August 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
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