Largest Criminal Gang in Brazil

in Transnational Crime

The Justice Ministry of Brazil reported that the criminal gang called The First Command of the Capital was active in 22 of the country’s 27 states.

The gang makes up to $32 Million a year trafficking drugs. It has 13,000 members, with 6,000 currently incarcerated in prison.Of the 152 jails in the state of San Paulo, the crime gang controls 135 jails.

Gang members who are not in jail are responsible to paying the group $400 a month.

Source:  AFP, “Brazil crime gang has spread through most of country,” Emirates 24/7 , November 25, 2012.

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