In Brazil, a war of leaders within the PCC, the most powerful drug trafficking group in the country

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Marco Willians Herbas Camacho, known as “Marcola”, historic leader of the Brazilian drug trafficking group Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), during a statement to the police, in Brazil, December 18, 2018. WIKI COMMONS

Is Brazil in a state of “war” ? If the headlines in the country’s main media are to be believed, one would be tempted to think so. The latter report a conflict “historical” And ” unprecedented ” pitting the leaders of the country’s largest criminal organization, Primeiro Comando da Capital (“First Commando of the Capital”, or PCC), against each other.

Originally, there was a mutiny orchestrated by three supposed leaders of the drug trafficking group. The trio of putschists led by Roberto Soriano, Abel Pacheco de Andrade and Wanderson Nilton de Paula Lima, respectively nicknamed “Tiriça”, “Vida Loka” and “Andinho”, would now openly oppose the historic leader of the PCC, the much-feared Marco Willians Herbas Camacho, known throughout Brazil under his pseudonym “Marcola”.

Strict code of conduct

The roots of the conflict remain unclear. The police claim to have intercepted a message broadcast by the rebels in February, decreeing nothing less than the exclusion of Marcola from the organization, accompanied by his death sentence. “Tiriça”, “Vida Loka” and “Andinha” accuse the latter of having denounced members of the PCC to the police. The leader of the organization also allegedly treated one of the members of the trio as “psychopath”.

It was enough to sow discord within this multinational crime company. Hegemonic in the rich state of Sao Paulo, the PCC is the most powerful faction in local drug trafficking. It is present in almost all regions of Brazil and in more than sixteen countries around the world, with an annual turnover estimated at nearly 900 million euros, mainly from cocaine. Born in 1993 as a simple “union” of prisoners, the group today has more than 100,000 members, driven by a strict code of conduct and iron discipline.

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Marcola and the three criminals would all be part of the governing body of the PCC, a sort of general secretariat of crime, with eight to twelve members and called “Sintonia Final” (“syntonia” or “final concord”). They also share the characteristic of being all incarcerated in federal prisons, from where they manage (without much difficulty) their vast criminal organization. Marcola alone is serving a cumulative sentence of three hundred and forty-two years in prison.

The man has embodied the CCP for the general public for twenty-five years and is considered one of the most powerful men in Brazil. Aged 56, he is not ready to abdicate this status or give up control. According to the police, Marcola in turn issued a counter-order to ban the three rebels from the group and order their execution.

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