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...
PCC leader Francisco Antonio Cesario da Silva

‘Brazilian Prison Gang Infiltrated Police Explosives Training’

The Brazilian prison gang known as the First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital - PCC) reportedly infiltrated police training courses on explosives...
Police search residents in Paraisopolis favela, Sao Paulo

Could São Paulo Police-Gang War Spread South?

As murders spike in São Paulo and police face off with the powerful prison gang known as the PCC, there are signs that that the unrest might have spread south to...
Sao Paulo police officers

São Paulo to Combat Violence With Prisoner Transfer

Brazilian authorities plan to transfer jailed gang members who are believed to be directing the recent surge in violence from their cells in São Paulo state...