SAO PAULO (AP) — Officials say the leader of Brazil's biggest and most powerful organized crime group has been transferred to a high-security federal penitentiary from a Sao Paulo state prison.
The press office of the Sao Paulo state justice department said Thursday that Marcos Willians Camacho and 21 other leaders of First Capital Command were transferred a day prior to federal penitentiaries in the capital of Brasilia and two other states in northern Brazil.
The group known by its acronym PCC was founded in 1993 by hardened criminals inside Sao Paulo's Taubate Penitentiary to pressure authorities to improve prison conditions. It quickly started using its power to direct drug dealing and extortion operations on the outside.
The transfer was ordered after a planned PCC breakout was frustrated last year.