Saturday, October 12, 2013

Brazil: PCC Crime Organization Has 10,000 Members, Annual Revenues of US$55 Million

According to The Latin American Tribune, Brazil’s largest criminal organization, called the First Command of the Capital or PCC, reportedly has a membership of roughly 10,000 persons including 6,000 of whom are in prison, and an annual revenue of roughly US$55 million, citing O Estado de São Paulo on Friday (October 11). 

The data was compiled by the São Paulo state Attorney General’s Office.

The document draws heavily on intercepted telephone conversations between reputed PCC boss Marco Camacho AKA “Marcola” and his subordinates.

Blamed for a May 2006 reign of terror in São Paulo that left almost 300 people dead, the PCC has a presence in 22 of Brazil’s 27 states, as well as significant representation in neighboring Bolivia and Paraguay.

COMMENT: Most of the PCC’s estimated 120 million reais ($54.8 million) in annual earnings comes from the trade in illegal drugs, though the group also has interests in illegal gambling and extortion.

In one eavesdropped phone conversation, Marcola, imprisoned at the time, tells a subordinate that the PCC had succeeded in eliminating the use of crack cocaine inside São Paulo’s prisons.

Marcola and his associates also discussed plans for prison breaks and attacks on police, according to the report from prosecutors, who recommended that 32 PCC leadership figures now held at Presidente Venceslau penitentiary be placed in isolation.

As most of readers know, violent crime in both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have been determined to be at "critical" levels, which is the US Department of State's highest threat category.

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