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BRAZIL / 28 MAR 2019

PCC gang members in Brazil monitored police on social media and invaded their homes disguised in worker's uniforms in a brazen, hit-squad like attempt on their lives.

BRAZIL / 1 MAR 2019

Despite being jailed in a federal prison in Brazil, an alleged PCC gang leader continues to govern the Brazil-Paraguay border, suggesting that the government is showing no clear signs of…

BRAZIL / 28 FEB 2019

A recent prison crackdown in Brazil has sparked a violent response from the country’s most powerful organized crime group, but the government's measures lack long-term focus and are unlikely to…

ELN / 10 JAN 2019

Which criminal structures have gained the most strength in Latin America in 2018? Three groups, all based in different nations, have engaged in aggressive expansion, both territorial and economic, and…

BRAZIL / 9 JAN 2019

The northern state of Ceará in Brazil has become a battlefield after government plans to clamp down on gang-controlled prisons were met with an unlikely alliance of criminal groups, showing…

BRAZIL / 3 JAN 2019

Welcome to InSight Crime’s Criminal GameChangers 2018, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of the year. From a rise in…

BRAZIL / 19 JUL 2018

The arrest of an alleged Brazilian crime boss in Paraguay’s capital city illustrates how police corruption and sophisticated tactics may be facilitating the expansion of Brazil’s most powerful crime group…

BRAZIL / 10 JUL 2018

The presence of a new Brazilian crime boss operating on the border with Paraguay illustrates the sophisticated expansion strategy of Brazil’s most powerful gang and the important role the border…

BRAZIL / JULY 18, 2022

Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho, alias "Marcola," has been the top leader of the First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital - PCC) since 2002.

BRAZIL / 5 JUN 2018

Authorities in Brazil have seized documents shedding new light on the expanding finances, membership and international reach of the country's biggest crime group. But whether that information can be used…

BRAZIL / 15 MAY 2018

Two of Brazil’s most important criminal groups have ended a three-year truce and are now fighting for control over a strategic drug trafficking route in the northern Amazon region. The…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 21 FEB 2018

A criminal group has been reported smuggling weapons of war out of Venezuela to expand their illegal activities, taking advantage of the country's economic crisis, lack of oversight on the…

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Memo Fantasma Coverage Gets Worldwide Attention

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Who Are Memo Fantasma and Sergio Roberto de Carvalho?

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Inside the criminal career of Memo Fantasma  In March 2020, InSight Crime revealed the identity and whereabouts of Memo Fantasma, a paramilitary commander and drug trafficker living in…