A bus torched in Santa Catarina

Buses Burn in Outbreak of Violence South of São Paulo

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...
Four Bolivian nationals arrested for arms trafficking

Bolivia Dismantles Gun Trafficking Ring

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...
Three alleged PCC operatives arrested in Bolivia

Alleged PCC Operatives Arrested in Bolivia

Three alleged members of the Brazilian PCC prison gang have been arrested in the Bolivian department of Santa Cruz, as foreign cartels increase their presence in...
Civil police in Sao Paulo

Brazil Allows Police to Buy High Caliber Guns

The Brazilian military will now allow police and firefighters to buy powerful .45 caliber guns for personal use, raising fears over how the weapons will be used and...
A police raid on a Sao Paulo "cracolandia"

São Paulo Turns to Compulsory Treatment for Crack Addicts

São Paulo authorities are now able to mandate the hospitalization of crack addicts, as part of the government's efforts to halt rising demand for the low-cost...
The Sao Paulo prison where the call took place

Brazil Prison Gang Conducted 10-Hour Conference Call

A 10-hour conference call that gang members hosted from inside a São Paulo jail highlights how gang leaders in Brazil are able to directly conduct their "business"...
Brazilian officials unload a seized drug plane from Bolivia

Bolivia Targets Brazilian Prison Gang’s Cocaine Trafficking Network

Anti-narcotics police in Bolivia have revealed that Brazil's PCC prison gang controls cocaine trafficking routes throughout the country, and are now on the hunt for...
The PCC gang is spreading beyond Sao Paulo

Could São Paulo Gang Spread Violence Across Brazil?

Brazilian police intelligence confirms that the PCC prison gang is expanding across the country from its São Paulo base, with members in two-thirds of the...
Antonio Ferreira Pinto, Sao Paulo security secretary

São Paulo Security Chief Stands Down Amid Wave of Violence

São Paulo's secretary for public security has resigned, following criticism of his handling of a wave of gang-police violence in the Brazilian...