Analysis: Violent war among drug traffickers has left 160 dead this year in Brazil/Paraguay border region

According to authorities, the region has been at war since 2016, when the São Paulo-based drug faction First Command of the Capital (PCC) controlled trafficking on the border.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The dispute over the drug trafficking routes that supply Brazilian states and other countries has already caused the death of at least 160 people this year on the border between Brazil and Paraguay. On the Brazilian side, there were 74 deaths through September, according to data from the Civil Police.

One in every four deaths in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul happens in the ten municipalities of the region. In six towns on the Paraguayan side, there were at least 86 deaths. According to authorities, the region has been at war since 2016, when . . .

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