The WSJ reports on the ongoing drug war:
Brazil Prison Riot Leaves 26 Dead. Rivalry between drug gangs sparks a third deadly riot this year
The riot was caused by a fight between members of São Paulo-based First Capital Command gang, or PCC, and Sindicato do Crime, its local rival inside the prison.
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The PCC, Brazil’s largest criminal gang, is seeking to expand its dominance to the country’s north and northeast to gain the control over lucrative cocaine smuggling routes.
A week ago the number was 100 dead,
The violence allegedly broke out as a result of a feud between two major prison gangs, the Family of the North (Família do Norte – FDN) and the First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital – PCC), which have been competing for control of the Amazon region’s lucrative drug trade.
The PCC is trying to stay on top.