Brazil detains man accused of being Amazon's biggest deforester

February 24, 2015 3:15 PM

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Brazil detains man accused of being Amazon's biggest deforester

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2009 file photo shows a deforested area near Novo Progresso in Brazil's northern state of Para. Brazil detained a land-grabber in Para state thought to be the Amazon's single biggest deforester, according to the country's environmental protection agency. The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources said Ezequiel Antonio Castanha, detained Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, operated a network that illegally seized federal lands, clear-cut them and sold them to cattle grazers. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File) (The Associated Press)

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil's environmental agency says it's detained a land-grabber thought to be the Amazon's single biggest deforester.

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