HomeNewsBriefLeaders of Brazil’s PCC Gang Fled to Paraguay: Police
BRIEF

Leaders of Brazil’s PCC Gang Fled to Paraguay: Police

BRAZIL / 30 JUL 2014 BY CAMILO MEJIA EN

Police in Paraguay say they believe high-ranking members of Brazil’s PCC criminal organization have fled Brazilian justice and relocated to Paraguay to plan further crimes, an indication of the extent to which the group sees the country as a safe haven and base of operations.

In an interview with Cardinal AM radio station, Abel Cañete, the head of the Economic Crimes Unit of Paraguay’s national police, said 15-20 “important leaders” of Brazil’s First Capital Command (PCC) had been “rescued” by the group from Brazilian prisons and had fled to Paraguay to commit “violent acts.” Cañete added that these PCC members were going to target banks and other financial institutions in Paraguay, and advised these bodies to be on the alert.

According to Cañete, investigations by Paraguayan authorities have also linked the fugitives to a 350-meter tunnel police recently found in Ciudad del Este. The tunnel was reportedly dug from a luxury home owned by a Brazilian national to the headquarters of security company Prosegur, with the objective of stealing around $100 million.

InSight Crime Analysis

The PCC has become Brazil’s largest criminal syndicate, and there have been signs that it is expanding operations abroad, with members caught in neighboring Bolivia and Paraguay — the latter of which is South America’s biggest marijuana producer and a key transit point for cocaine.

In 2011, Brazilian police identified Paraguay as an increasingly popular outpost for the PCC and other Brazilian gangs looking to take advantage of the country’s under-equipped police force, and to eliminate middlemen from their drug trafficking.

SEE ALSO:PCC Profile

Recent events indicate that the group may be moving into criminal activities in Paraguay besides drug trafficking. In addition to the tunnel discovered in Ciudad del Este, six suspected PCC members were arrested in relation to a series of ATM robberies using explosives in May this year.

However, it is somewhat odd that “leaders” of the group would be dedicated to these lower-level criminal activities, and Cañete’s statement should be viewed with caution — especially as he has given few details about the fugitives’ origins, identity, current location or criminal history.

Compartir icon icon icon

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America's largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

BRAZIL / 19 DEC 2011

Brazil's police seized 80 times more ecstasy tabs this year compared to 2010, a sign that availability of the synthetic…

BARRIO 18 / 12 SEP 2016

Spanish police have arrested an alleged leader of the Barrio 18 gang, a further indication that Central America's street gangs…

PARAGUAY / 6 MAR 2015

A former mayor in eastern Paraguay, accused of ordering the killing of an investigative journalist, has been arrested in Brazil,…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

BRIEF

InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…