the government of United States is concerned about links between the largest drug trafficking ring in the Brazil and illegal gold mining in the forest amazona US Treasury official said Wednesday after meetings with Brazilian security officials and civil society.
Brian Nelson, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the US Treasury, said he had received alarming information about connections between the First Capital Command (PCC) and gold miners operating in the Amazon.
The President of the United States, Joe Bidenimposed financial sanctions on the PCC in December, which was born in the prisons of Sao Paulo in the early 1990s and today it is the most powerful criminal organization in the country, helping to flood Europe with cocaine.
Nelson said his meetings in Brasília and São Paulo had raised concerns that the PCC could also be involved in environmental crimes, such as illegal gold mining.
“We are focused on illegal gold mining… because it can both generate funds for other illicit activities, given the value of gold, and provide a means to launder illicit drug trafficking proceeds,” he told reporters.
Nelson stated that he also discussed with Brazilian authorities a proposal for a ceiling on the price of Petroleum Russian as part of a Western response to the invasion of Ukraine.
He did not comment on the Brazilian government’s view of the proposal, but said “technical discussions” would continue. Brazil is a net oil exporter with few direct connections to the Russian energy sector.
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