The Brazilian Community Intelligence, in particular the CIE (Centro de Inteligência do Exército), ABIN (Agência Brasileira de Inteligência) identified the members of a mega prison gang in Venezuela on the Brazilian side of the border between the two countries, where they commit crimes and have a presence in the penitentiary system, an example of their continued expansion through neighboring nations.
The secretary of public security of the Brazilian state of Roraima, Olivan Junior, recently warned of the growing presence of Venezuelan criminals in the city of Pacaraima, located on the border with Santa Elena de Uairén, in the Venezuelan state of Bolívar. According to the Brazilian Intelligence Community, the members of the group are involved in the trafficking of drugs, weapons and people, and it seems they have the support of important Mexican cartels and the Hezbollah terrorist group interested in acquiring part of the drug market in Brazil and beyond.
Sources linked to Intelligence declare that the members of this organization, when brought to detention centers, identify themselves as part of the Venezuelan “pranato” led by Héctor Rusthenford Guerrero Flores, alias “Niño” Guerrero, “pran” of the Tocorón prison in Aragua and leader of the mega band “El Tren de Aragua”. This criminal organization was discovered while operating on the border with Colombia, on the other side of Venezuela, and many of its members were captured in Peru last year with the support of US-made intelligence. This organization shows its criminal power through its rapid and continuous expansion through Venezuelan and foreign territory. With a presence confirmed in three countries, the group is configured as a possible threat to the security of the region, above all thanks to relations with terrostistic groups such as the ELN and Hezabollah.
Members of the group were also traced to Peru, where they were linked to arms and drug trafficking, as well as to micro-traffic.
His arrival in Brazil is not accidental and seems to have been facilitated by regional fixers in the state of Roraima. In recent years, the criminal activities of this criminal organization have been recorded in the mining areas of the state of Bolivar, on the border with Pacaraima, as a way to diversify the sources of income in the face of the changing criminal dynamics of the country, leaving aside the common crime for organized crime activities, such as drug trafficking and arms trafficking. However, the border strip, which acts as an aisle for drugs and weapons, is also controlled by organizations such as Familia del Norte (FDN), Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC) e Comando Vermelho (CV).
The three groups fight among themselves to dominate the control of the Brazilian prisons and in the attempt they engaged in battles that ended in horrible massacres. It is still too early to determine how the presence of El Tren de Aragua will affect this dynamic in prison facilities in Brazil. There is information currently being examined by the International Intelligence Community, which identifies this new organization as one of the most highly regarded regional players.