Last Friday (2), Interpol arrested Hernán Diego Dirisio, identified as the owner of a company based in Asunción, Paraguay. The organization was identified as responsible for importing weapons destined for criminal factions in Brazil, in particular the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC) and the Comando Vermelho (CV).
According to information from the Federal Police (PF), the modus operandi involved the import of weapons from Europe to Paraguay. Subsequently, the weapons were tampered with and passed on to intermediary groups on the border, who in turn resold them to the main Brazilian criminal factions.
The investigations began in 2020, at the Police Station in Vitória da Conquista, Bahia, when two individuals were detained with 23 Croatian pistols and two rifles, accompanied by ammunition and magazines, all with signs of tampering.
In December of the same year, Brazil and Paraguay carried out a joint operation to combat international arms trafficking.
After the initial seizure, a PF investigation identified the importer in Paraguay as responsible for acquiring weapons from European countries, such as Croatia, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.
According to a previous Folha report, the criminal organization operated with seven subdivisions, involving the purchase of weapons, negotiation with Brazilian factions, shipping logistics to Brazil and money laundering, both for importation by the Paraguayan company and for Brazilian criminals.
In the import process in Paraguay, the PF stated that money laundering occurred through companies based in Miami, in the United States, while laundering by Brazilian buyers took place through money changers in Brazil and Paraguay.
Regarding Brazilian buyers, the PF intercepted conversations between the group of negotiators at the border and members of the PCC and Comando Vermelho leadership. The PF superintendent in Bahia, Flavio Albergaria, highlighted that identifying these negotiations represented the main challenge of the investigation, and the interceptions managed to establish a direct relationship between the Brazilian factions and the Paraguayan traders.
In one of the intercepted conversations, a member of a Brazilian faction mentioned the need for higher caliber weapons, after being offered .380 caliber pistols.
The PF is in the process of investigating to determine how many of the approximately 40,000 weapons imported by the Paraguayan company ended up with Brazilian factions. Since investigations began, estimates indicate that the company imported around 43,000 weapons to Paraguay, transacting approximately R$1.2 billion over three years.
During this period, 67 seizures were carried out in several Brazilian states, totaling 659 weapons seized in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Bahia and Ceará .
With information from Folha de S. Paulo.