HomeNewsBriefSão Paulo Gang Sells Drug Franchises: Police
BRIEF

São Paulo Gang Sells Drug Franchises: Police

BRAZIL / 6 JUL 2011 BY VERONICA PRATES EN

Brazil's police have found evidence that São Paulo criminal group the PCC has developed complex mafia-like systems to control the drug trade, with registered selling points and records of transactions.

The First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital - PCC) is today the largest criminal organization in São Paulo state, and the report gives further evidence of their success in the drug business.

Through wiretapping telephone calls, the São Paulo Civil Police recorded conversations between drug dealers giving instructions on how to register with the organization, according to a report by newspaper Folha.

According to the police, the selling points were each registered in the name of a person or family, who would pay a franchise fee to the PCC. Prices varied between 300 and 500 reals a month ($190 and $320), depending on how profitable the area was.

The dealing point could then be subcontracted, with the authorization of the PCC.

The investigation found that in exchange, the organization would protect the smaller dealers if they were arrested.

Many drugs sold in Brazil, especially marijuana, come via Paraguay, where gangs like the PCC have a strong presence.

share icon icon icon

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

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.

Tags

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 / 1 AUG 2017

Community policing has become the go-to security strategy in the Americas. But as the case of the Rio de Janeiro's…

BRAZIL / 13 MAR 2014

Authorities in Brazil have rescued 17 Peruvians from slave-like conditions in a textile workshop in São Paulo, leading officials to…

BRAZIL / 13 OCT 2013

Authorities in Brazil are concentrating public security on high-profile organized crime groups and in World Cup 2014 host states, providing…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Unraveling the Web of Elites Connected to Organized Crime

27 JUL 2021

InSight Crime published Elites and Organized Crime in Nicaragua, a deep dive into the relationships between criminal actors and elites in that Central American nation.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime’s Greater Focus on US-Mexico Border

20 JUL 2021

InSight Crime has decided to turn many of its investigative resources towards understanding and chronicling the criminal dynamics along the US-Mexico border.

THE ORGANIZATION

Key Arrests and Police Budget Increases Due to InSight Crime Investigations

8 JUL 2021

With Memo Fantasma’s arrest, InSight Crime has proven that our investigations can and will uncover major criminal threats in the Americas.

THE ORGANIZATION

Organized Crime’s Influence on Gender-Based Violence

30 JUN 2021

InSight Crime investigator Laura N. Ávila spoke on organized crime and gender-based violence at the launch of a research project by the United Nations Development Programme.

THE ORGANIZATION

Conversation with Paraguay Judicial Operators on PCC

24 JUN 2021

InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley formed part of a panel attended by over 500 students, all of whom work in Paraguay's judicial system.