Brazil's Port of Santos

Massive Cocaine Seizure in Brazil Port Sign of PCC’s Influence

Authorities in Brazil have attributed nearly four tons of internationally destined cocaine seized in a major port to the PCC criminal group, in a further sign of...

Brazil’s Scramble To Fight Prison Gang Reveals Strategy’s Limitations

In recent months, the São Paulo state government has been attempting an almost Herculean task: limiting the power of Brazil's largest prison gang, the First...
Much of the First Capital Command's income comes from drugs

Brazil’s PCC Gang Earns At Least $2.5 Mn a Month

The PCC, one of Brazil's two major prison gangs, earns at least $2.5 million a month from various criminal activities, making it now, arguably, the most powerful...
PCC members have threatened violence in the World Cup

Why São Paulo’s Crackdown on PCC Will Face Problems

São 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...
Four PCC members captured in Paraguay

Paraguay Captures Members of Brazil’s PCC

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...
PCC threats highlight World Cup security challenges

Brazil’s PCC Gang Threatens a ‘World Cup of Terror’

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...
PCC members during a prison protest

Brazil’s PCC Attempting to Enter Politics

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...
Police detain a man during disturbances in Santa Catarina

How Brazil World Cup May Boost Smaller Criminal Groups

Authorities in Brazil are concentrating public security on high-profile organized crime groups and in World Cup 2014 host states, providing an opportunity for...

First Capital Command – PCC

The First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital – PCC) was inspired by the Red Command (Comando Vermelho). Both criminal organizations were formed by...