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Arrest of Rio Drug Kingpin Unlikely to Break Gang Control

One of Rio’s most wanted drug kingpins has been arrested in a massive security operation, raising questions about how his capture might affect...
The military in Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha favela
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‘Classic Rio Gangster Battle’ Leaves Brazil Favela in State of Siege

One of Brazil's largest favelas has been under siege for more than a week as two rival crime groups battle for territorial control, illustrating shifting criminal...
The acronyms of the warrying First Capital Command and the Red Command tagged on a wall.
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Brazil’s Biggest Gang Challenging Rival’s Control in Rio

Police in Brazil intercepted gang communications suggesting the First Capital Command is expanding in the state of Rio de Janeiro, potentially paving the way for...
Police protest at Rio's airport. c/o IMGUR
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Olympic Security Situation in Brazil Causing Concern

Amid an uptick in violent crime and deepening economic crisis, Brazilian officials plan to secure Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics with the deployment of 85,000...
Cargo theft group arrested in Brazil
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Cargo Theft is Big Business for Brazil Crime Groups

Cargo theft is emerging as one of the principal illicit revenue streams of organized crime groups in Brazil and some of those profits are funneled into more...
The alleged Amigos dos Amigos members in the pool
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Brazil’s ‘Friends’ Gang Show their Muscle in Olympic Pool: Police

A photo has emerged of suspected members of Rio's Amigos dos Amigos gang sporting weapons in a swimming pool set to be used in the 2016 Olympic Games, providing an...
Symbols of the Red Command (Comando Vermelho)
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Favela Battle Reveals Complexity of Rio’s Criminal Landscape

A battle for control of a favela between members of the Terceiro Comando Puro and Comando Vermelho offers a perfect illustration of the nature of criminal control...
Jailed Amigos dos Amigos leader, "Nem"
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Amigos dos Amigos

Amigos dos Amigos is a criminal group based in Rio de Janeiro, set up by former members of the Red Command (Comando Vermelho) to fight that group’s dominance,...
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Antonio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, alias ‘Nem’

Antonio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, alias 'Nem' led the Amigos dos Amigos gang in Rocinha, a favela of some 150,000 residents in the south of Rio de Janeiro. He was...
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Brazil Drug Gangs Have Offices in Paraguay: Police

Brazilian police warned that Paraguay has become a base of operations for Brazil's criminal organizations, which are seeking to cut middlemen out of the drug trade...