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Brazil Groups

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Family of the North – FDN

Family of the North (Familia do Norte - FDN) has long been Brazil’s third-largest criminal group, with a strong presence in northern Brazil but not matching the...
Graffiti bearing the Red Command's initials
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Red Command

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Terceiro Comando Puro - The Pure Third Command
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Pure Third Command

The Pure Third Command (Terceiro Comando Puro) is one of the most powerful criminal groups in Brazil’s second largest city, Rio de Janeiro. Its origins can be...
Jailed Amigos dos Amigos leader, "Nem"
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Amigos dos Amigos

Amigos dos Amigos is a criminal group based in Brazil’s second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro. The organization was formed in the late 1990s by ex-members of the...
Graffiti bearing the Red Command's initials
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Red Command

The Red Command (Comando Vermelho) is Brazil’s oldest criminal group, created in a Rio de Janeiro prison in the 1970s as a self-protection group for prisoners. It...