As South America’s largest nation, Brazil has produced two of the region’s most powerful criminal groups: The First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital – PCC) and Red Command (Comando Vermelho). Both began as prison gangs but have since transformed themselves into transnational crime organizations involved in cocaine smuggling to Europe, controlling the movement of drugs out of country’s ports. The gangs also continue to be a national threat, with members organized around city strongholds, where they regulate everything from local drug sales and cigarette smuggling to violent bank robberies.
The dismissal of top security officials in the Brazilian state of Amazonas suggests corruption could complicate Lula’s battle to save Amazon.
Leaders in Belém failed to discuss measures to combat organized criminal groups perpetrating environmental crimes in the Amazon.
The tri-border where Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela meet has long served as a transit corridor for cocaine.
Marcelo “Piloto” Pinheiro was considered one of the Brazilian government’s most sought-after drug traffickers until 2017.
Gilberto Aparecido Dos Santos, alias “Fuminho,” is one of the leaders of Brazil’s largest criminal gang, the First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital – PCC).
Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho, alias "Marcola," has been the top leader of the First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital - PCC) since 2002.
Legal protections for the Amazon rainforest are complicated by different domestic laws and competing interests across countries.
Deep in the vast jungle of the Amazon, critical primary forests are being razed to mine gold, grow coca, and harvest timber.
Illegal mining is by far the most widespread and insidious environmental crime occurring in the Amazon’s tri-border regions.
In the Amazon’s tri-border areas, illegal logging is expanding, due to the low cost of land, and few controls on deforestation.
An annual review of Brazil's security landscape paints a highly pessimistic outlook for the country's criminal woes.
On paper, Latin American governments are fighting back against the shark fin trade. In reality, the massacre continues.