PCC graffiti inside a Brazil prison

Brazil’s Biggest Gang Sets Sights on Regional Expansion

A slew of recent reports indicates Brazil's PCC is stepping up its criminal activities in countries throughout South America, which one expert says is a clear sign...
88 inmates recently escaped from Parnamirim prison

Massive Jail Break Highlights Ongoing Turmoil in Brazil’s Prisons

Nearly 90 alleged gang members escaped from a prison in northern Brazil, yet another illustration of how criminal groups have usurped control of the country's...
Members of the First Capital Command during a prison riot in Brazil

Brazil Officials Link Rising São Paulo Violence to Gang Conflict

Authorities say clashes between rival criminal groups have led to a spike in murders in Brazil's biggest city, but other factors may lie behind the growing...
Bolivia's Vice Minister of Citizen Security, Juan Carlos Aparicio

Arrests Suggest Brazilian Gangs Are Deepening Presence in Bolivia

Recent actions carried out in Bolivia by Brazil's two most powerful prison gangs indicate these groups are looking to deepen their presence in the Andean nation as...
The Prosegur headquarters blasted open with explosives during the attack

Commando-Style Heist Plunges Paraguay Border Town into Chaos

Paraguay's Ciudad del Este witnessed scenes reminiscent of war as several dozen heavily armed men undertook a sophisticated and lethal heist operation, which...
Authorities inspect the scene where a dismembered body was recently discovered

Is Gang War in Brazil Behind Recent Violence in Paraguay?

A recent spate of violence on the border between Brazil and Paraguay suggests a battle for control of drug trafficking routes in the area, but it remains unclear...
Jarvis Pavão, the jailed drug trafficker whose brother Ronny was recently murdered

Killing on Brazil-Paraguay Border Is Latest Sign of Narco War

The murder of a convicted drug kingpin's brother on the border between Brazil and Paraguay is the latest indication of an ongoing battle for control of lucrative...
Inmates on the roof of State Penitentiary of Alcacuz during a riot on January 16.

Who Is Really in Control of Brazil’s Prisons?

The legitimacy of the Brazilian prison system has come in for deep scrutiny following a series of violent encounters between rival gangs in the north of the...
A PCC prison riot in Sao Paulo

Brazil’s PCC is Recruiting FARC Dissidents: Colombia Defense Minister

Brazil's largest criminal organization is reportedly recruiting dissident FARC guerrillas in order to broaden its drug trafficking operations in the region, but the...