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PCC-‘Ndrangheta, the International Criminal Alliance Flooding Europe with Cocaine

The recent arrests of two members of the ‘Ndrangheta in São Paulo have further highlighted the increasingly close partnership between the Italian mafia and...
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Airport Heist Shows Growing Audacity of Brazil’s Cargo Thieves

Without firing a single shot, heavily-armed men disguised as police raided a São Paulo airport cargo terminal, making off with 720 kilograms of gold in two pickups...
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Northern Brazil Prison Massacre Suggests Shifting Criminal Dynamics

A gruesome prison massacre in northern Brazil has raised serious questions about potential shifts in criminal alliances in a highly strategic region of this South...
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Paraguay’s Underworld Fighting Back Against PCC in Brazil

The brutal murder of a Brazilian drug trafficker seemingly carried out by a Paraguayan gang has shown how escalating violence is impacting the border state of Mato...
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Serious Doubts Surround Alleged EPP Attack in Paraguay

Paraguay’s Attorney General’s Office has attributed the recent murder of a farmhand to the country’s main guerrilla group, the Paraguayan People’s Army, but...
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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...