Prison Gang Racketeering Profits in Brazil

The PCC (First Command of the Capital), a criminal organization in Brazil, makes $60 Million a year through drug trafficking and other racketeering activities.

Based on data collected from various criminal justice programs, a report found that the crime syndicate has over 11,000 members with 6,000 in prison. The leaders of the group operate out of a Sao Paulo prison and conducts its activities in 22 of the 26 states of Brazil. Its operations has also expanded to neighboring Bolivia and Paraguay.

(What is racketeering? Examples from worldwide cases here.)

Source:  AFP, “Brazil’s top prison gang runs $60 million crime trade,” Google News, October 12, 2013.