Largest mob investigation ever indicts 175 of the PCC
The state prosecutor has produced an X-ray of the Primeiro Comando da Capital — The First Command of the Capital — and petitions the court to imprison 32 leaders according to a “differentiated disciplinary regimen.”
By: Marcelo Godoy | O Estado de S.Paulo
Marcelo seems to be one of the leading experts on contemporary organized crime. Over the years, he takes on stories that other papers and reporters seem reticent to cover and is blunt and straight to the point.
After three and a half years of investigations, the state prosecutor of São Paulo has just concluded the most complete mapping in the history of Brazilian organized crime: an X-ray of the PCC. In the end, it indicted 175 suspects and petitioned the court to impose a “differentiated disciplinary regime” on 32 prisoners — among them the entire senior leadership of the criminal network, currently detained at the Presidente Venceslau prison.
Here is a fine example, by the way, of exploratory social network analysis by investigators and investigative journalists.
The evidence gathered by GAECO, the organized crime division of the state judicial police, enabled GAECO to assemble an unprecedented portrait of the largest criminal faction in Brazil. Prosecutors used wiretaps, documents, witness statements and evidence gathered during the apprehension of hundreds of kilos of drugs, along with heavy weapons.
The ESP gained access to the documents and the thousands of audio recordings that make up the largest file ever developed about the group.
The MPE caught the entire leadership of the faction engaging in an endless cycle of crimes. This group ordered hits, purchased weapons and acquired tons of cocaine and marijuana. There are plans to break members out of prisons and to attack military police and state officials. The group engaged in lobbying and planned to enter politics.
Present in 22 Brazilian states and three countries (Brazil, Bolívia and Paraguay), the “Family” dominates 90% of the prisons of São Paulo. It takes in nearly R$ 8 million per month from drug trafficking and another R$ 2 million from its lottery scheme and contributions by members — annual revenue is R$ 120 million, making it one of the 1,150 largest businesses in Brazil, according to sales volume. This number does not include the private activity of members, which could, if accounted for, double its annual earnings.
Its principal business is the drug trade. Known as the Progress scheme, this business plan serves both the wholesale and retail markets. In the retail sector, the faction maintains a network of thousands of points of sale all over Brazil. These are known as the “FM.” In the case of cocaine, the criminals offer a product of the highest possible quality, known as “100%.,” and another, “ML,” of lesser quality. Marijuana is discussed under the code name Sponge Bob. The PCC gets its drugs from Paraguay and Bolívia. The principal drug suppliers are the Paraguayan Carlos Antonio Caballero … and the Brazilians Claudio Marcos Almeida, aka Django, Rodrigo Felício, aka Tiquinho, and Wilson Roberto Cuba, aka Rabugento.
Arsenal. The gang has an arsenal of about a hundred assault rifles set aside and R$ 7 million buried in real properties acquired by the group. In all, the group has 6,000 members behind barsa nd 1,600 at large in São Paulo. This number has grown to 3,582 in other states, taking into account active and inactive members and members suffering punishment and those who have lost their position or participation in the group. –
The accusation by the state public ministry (MPE) was signed by 23 prosecutors and all the GAECO units in São Paulo. The MPE also petitioned that 112 of the accused be maintained in preventive custody. All of the suspects listed by the MPE were caught in flagrante talking on celll phones, ordering hundreds of kilos of cocaine, tons of marijuana, assault rifles, pistols, and grenade launchers and ordering the death of enemies, traitors and those suspected of having embezzled Family funds.
The MPE makes it quite clear that the group operates according to the motto, “crime empowers crime.” Dozens of telephone calls involving the payment of bribes, in particular to state judicial police, but also to military police, are part of the investigation.
The court in Presidente Prudente declined to decree the imprisonment of alll those accused, arguing that the accusations would first have to be more thoroughly analyzed.
The same argument was used by an appeals court that turned down the MPE’s petition to transfer senior leadership of the faction from the RDD to the President Bernardes maximum security prison. Judge Tiago Papaterra decided to verify the charges on a case by case basis before imprisoning the suspect.
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