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PCC Stalwart In Prison After Botched Rescue Attempt in Paraguay

The reported leader of the PCC in Paraguay, known as “Bonitão,” has been extradited back to Brazil after a tumultuous few days which saw gang members stage a...
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Using Open Source Data to Combat Corruption in Paraguay

A digital platform in Paraguay is seeking to improve the detection of cases of corruption and embezzlement in a country with a poor track record in addressing this...
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While Taking Paraguay-Brazil Border, PCC Tries to Control Its Own

On June 10, 2016, Jorge Rafaat was driving his armored Hummer when he pulled up to a stop light in central Pedro Juan Caballero, a Paraguayan city at the border...
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PCC Investigation: Introduction and Major Findings

It was August 31, 1993, and the sun was shining when eight men entered a makeshift soccer pitch in the middle of the Taubaté...
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Cooking Cocaine in Full View of Guards at Paraguay’s Largest Prison

A drug kitchen was openly run by inmates inside Paraguay’s biggest prison, Tacumbú, in one of the clearest representations to date about how corruption has taken...
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Brazilian Bank Slapped With Record Money Laundering Fine in Paraguay

Paraguayan authorities have announced historic sanctions against a major Brazilian bank in the latest case of Latin American governments cracking down on financial...
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Paraguay Forest Fires Fueled by Increasing Marijuana Demand During Pandemic

The forest fires that have blazed across Paraguay in recent weeks seem to have been, in part, started by criminal groups seeking to clear space for more marijuana...
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Why Oil Theft Spread Across Latin America During Pandemic

From mostly being a lower-level criminal annoyance, oil theft has spread across Latin America during the coronavirus pandemic as a way for gangs to supply thriving...
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Paraguay’s EPP Seemingly Transformed Under New Leadership

Over a week out from the kidnapping of Paraguay’s former vice president by the EPP guerrilla, it seems clear that this old enemy of the state has returned, albeit...
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Money Launderer Extraordinaire Dario Messer Finally Faces Justice in Brazil

An agreement between a Brazilian court and Dario Messer, the key operator behind one of South America’s largest money laundering operations, ends proceeding...
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‘PCC and Brazil Government Engaged in Game of Chess,’ says Expert

The PCC has become one of the most complex and important criminal organizations with Latin America, with over 30,000 members in Brazil, an active presence in...
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New Revelations Confirm Impunity for Colorado Party Members in Paraguay

A list of assets belonging to officials in Paraguay has drawn attention to the wealth of a handful of high-profile politicians, who have...