All About Red Command

BRAZIL / 9 APR 2014

Authorities in Brazil have arrested two alleged top weapons and drug providers for Rio de Janeiro's notorious Red Command, potentially disrupting transnational supply lines for the powerful group as it…

BRAZIL / 26 MAR 2014

Following new outbreaks of violence in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, Brazil's authorities have announced plans to send in troops to occupy one of the city's largest slums in the lead-up…

BRAZIL / 24 MAR 2014

InSight Crime accompanied Rio's elite military police squad as it occupied one of the city's biggest and most violent favelas, the latest operation in the "pacification" scheme as Vila…

AMIGOS DOS AMIGOS / 18 FEB 2014

A battle for control of a favela between members of the Terceiro Comando Puro and Comando Vermelho offers a perfect illustration of the nature of criminal control and gang conflict…

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 7 JAN 2014

A prominent clergyman in Paraguay has called attention to the establishment of permanent bases in the country by Brazilian criminals, with recently announced record drug seizures one indication of what…

BRAZIL / 22 MAY 2013

A joint operation between Brazilian and Paraguayan police has captured five alleged members of Brazil's feared Red Command (Comando Vermelho), further evidence of the the group's spread across the border.

BRAZIL / 22 APR 2013

Brazilian drug gang the Red Command sends a ton of Colombian cocaine each month into Brazil from Paraguay, according to Paraguayan authorities.

BRAZIL GROUPS / MAY 18, 2018

The Red Command (Comando Vermelho) is Brazil’s oldest criminal group, created in a Rio de Janeiro prison in the 1970s as a self-protection group for prisoners. It started out with…

BRAZIL / 4 JAN 2013

São Paulo authorities are now able to mandate the hospitalization of crack addicts, as part of the government's efforts to halt rising demand for the low-cost drug.

BRAZIL / 15 OCT 2012

Brazil has sent some 1,500 security officials to occupy four of Rio’s most troubled favelas, but securing the neighborhoods will rely on long-term police presence in the future.

BRAZIL / 19 JUL 2012

A suspected Brazilian gang leader based in one of Paraguay's key locations for smuggling contraband was gunned down while playing pool, pointing to the country's popularity as a safe haven…

BRAZIL / 31 MAY 2012

The Brazilian Army has handed control of several neighborhoods in a Rio de Janeiro favela adjoining Complexo do Alemao to military police, in a step towards installing elite commmunity policing…

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