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Death From Above: The Use of Police Helicopters in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro police are increasingly using helicopters to fire on suspected criminals in what is another representation of Governor Witzel’s hardline crime...
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Despite Recent Arrests, Rio’s Militias Are Here to Stay

Police in Rio de Janeiro have targeted one of the city's oldest and largest militias, but the conditions that first gave rise to these groups decades ago and...
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Relatives of Jailed PCC Members Launder Millions For Brazil Gang

Brazilian prison gang the PCC has laundered an estimated $15 million of drug money through accounts opened by relatives of jailed members, demonstrating the growing...
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Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro Approves Controversial ‘Faceless Courts’

Authorities in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro have created a special court of “faceless judges” to prosecute cases involving drug trafficking, organized crime and...
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Illegal Cigarettes Increasing Presence in Brazil and Southern Cone

Argentina, Chile and Brazil are struggling with increased demand for smuggled cigarettes, as these provide major revenue for criminal groups and result in massive...
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Deadly Riot Shows Paraguay Prisons Unprepared for PCC Onslaught

Ten inmates in a Paraguay prison were killed by PCC gang members, in a brutal assault that makes clear that the small country’s penitentiary system...
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Homemade Gun Factories Sell Cheap Weapons to Brazil Criminals

Despite the loosening of gun ownership laws in Brazil, the country is seeing a boom in illegal gun factories, with homemade weapons taking up a...
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Brazil Prisons Become Battlegrounds for Familia do Norte Civil War

A turf war among the founders of Familia do Norte, northern Brazil’s most powerful crime group, has left dozens of prisoners dead and will have major implications...
Soccer tournament 'Copa America' will take place in Brazil
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Copa America Beefs Up Security in Brazil To Prevent Soccer Gang Violence

With the Copa America soccer tournament nearing kickoff, authorities in Brazil have employed a number of tactics to ensure infamous fan-run gangs don’t spoil it....