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Sao Paulo's state government is rolling out new measures to combat Brazil's PCC prison gang, but there are reasons to doubt the group can be thwarted.
Authorities in Paraguay have captured four members of a PCC cell operating on the country's eastern border with Brazil, reinforcing notions that the Brazilian organized crime group is increasing its presence in its neighboring country.
Brazilian prison gang the PCC has threatened to commit a series of attacks during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, highlighting both the complex security challenges faced by the state during the event, and the power of the group to exploit these weaknesses.
Brazil's largest organized criminal group, the PCC, is attempting to establish political influence, in a sign of its continued development from its origins as a prison gang.
Authorities in Brazil are concentrating public security on high-profile organized crime groups and in World Cup 2014 host states, providing an opportunity for lesser known criminal groups to expand in peripheral regions, according to a new report from Southern Pulse.
The First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital - PCC) was inspired by the Red Command (Comando Vermelho). Both criminal organizations were formed by prisoners as self-protection groups in Brazil’s brutal prison system. The PCC arose in Sao Paulo in the 1990s, and has fought a bloody ongoing feud with police in the city. The group, now the largest and best-organized criminal organization in Brazil, is believed to have members in two-thirds of the country's states, and controls drug trafficking routes between Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.
Bolivia anti-narcotics police have dismantled an alleged international drug trafficking ring they say was headed by the Brazilian prison gang, the First Capital Command (PCC), an indication of the gang’s expanding reach west.
The governor of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina has called for reinforcements from the federal emergency police force FNS to deal with escalating violence linked to organized crime, just one week after rejecting the idea.
Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina has witnessed over 50 violent attacks during a six-day period, raising new concerns over whether prison gang the First Capital Command (PCC) is involved.
Bolivian authorities broke up a network suspected of smuggling guns from the United States to Brazil's First Capital Command (PCC) gang, highlighting this Andean nation's role as a transit route in the region's illicit arms trade.