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Massive police operation targets Brazil’s biggest crime gang

Police carried out over 200 warrants, looking to dismantle power structures within Brazil's notorious First Command of the Capital organized crime gang

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On Tuesday morning, law enforcement from 11 states in Brazil launched a massive sting operation comprising 212 arrest and search and seizure warrants targeting members of the notorious First Command of the Capital (PCC) organized crime gang — the largest of its kind in the country. Over 1,000 police officers knocked on doors across 71 cities in the states of Alagoas, Pernambuco, Ceará, Bahia, Paraíba, Sergipe, Piauí, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, and Minas Gerais.

The operation sought to dismantle a new wing of the criminal faction, based in Mato Grosso do Sul and in charge of...

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