- CNN's Shasta Darlington joined a nighttime raid with IBAMA, Brazil's environmental police
- IBAMA agents were tracking illegal gold mines carved into hidden corners of the Amazon
- IBAMA says these small operations tear down trees and contaminate rivers with mercury
CNN correspondent Shasta Darlington got exclusive access to a Brazilian police raid on an illegal gold mining operation in the Amazon, and filed this report. For more on CNN's 2 degrees climate change series, go to CNN.com/2degrees and subscribe to the "2 degrees" newsletter.
Novo Progresso, Brazil (CNN)Flying low over the dense Amazon rain forest, our target comes into view: an illegal gold mine cut into the heart of the jungle.