Brazil's Largest Gang Plans to Attack World Cup

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Thinking about heading to Brazil for the World Cup? You may want to reconsider.

Just eight months before the Latin American country will host the largest soccer tournament in the world, Brazilian police have intercepted phone calls that indicate that the First Capital Command (PCC) drug cartel is threatening to unleash a “World Cup of Terror” during the 2014 games.

According to Brazilian newspaper Estadao, the drug cartel will attack the games if the government decides to transfer some of its gang members to prisons spread across the South American country.

The PCC, the largest and most organized criminal organization in Brazil, was formed in Sao Paulo and operates within the country’s prison systems. According to Fox News Latino, the cartel has grown to 11,000 members using a system of cell phones, lawyers, and corrupt officials to gain control of the country’s major drug trafficking routes between Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

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