Established within the São Paulo prison system in the early 90s, Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC) initially concentrated on controlling drug trafficking and criminal activities in Brazil and South America. In recent years, however, the PCC has broadened its objectives, seeking to extend its reach and influence beyond Brazilian borders. Europe, with its lucrative drug market and vast criminal networks, has become a desirable location for the PCC global expansion.
The presence of PCC in Europe poses considerable threats to European law enforcement, institutions, and citizens. PCC has implemented diverse strategies to expand its influence beyond Brazil and establish a foothold in Europe and for now, has managed to intensify its presence in the old continent.