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El Salvador police securing a crime scene
Government figures indicate a significant decrease in El Salvador's homicide rate this year, but... ReadLeer
/ El Salvador

Homicides Down in El Salvador, But Police-Gang Clashes Continue

Donald Trump was elected president of the United States
In the wake of Donald Trump's surprising victory in the US presidential election, InSight Crime... ReadLeer
/ Colombia

What a Trump Presidency Means for LatAm Organized Crime

Marijuana produced in California
US voters in three states -- including California -- have approved the legalization of recreational... ReadLeer
/ Heroin

How California’s Legalization of Marijuana Impacts Mexico’s Cartels

Brazil's main gangs are reportedly at war with each other
Prison murders have surged 60 percent in parts of northern Brazil, a potential sign of the serious... ReadLeer
/ Brazil

Surge in Brazil Prison Murders Likely Linked to New Gang War

Roberto de Jesús Soto García
The recent arrest in Honduras of a lesser-known suspect in Venezuela's “narco nephews” case may... ReadLeer
/ Cartel de los Soles

Arrest of Third Suspect May be Game Changer in Venezuela’s ‘Narco Nephews’ Case

Manual eradicators in Colombia
One year after Colombia's decision to halt the aerial fumigation of coca crops, eradication levels... ReadLeer
/ Coca

Colombia Eradication Levels Plummet Despite Coca Boom

Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and Francisco Flores de Freitas upon their arrest in Haiti in November 2015.
The indicted nephews of Venezuela's first lady were described as simple-minded and inexperienced by... ReadLeer
/ Elites and Organized Crime

Politically-Charged Trial of Venezuela’s ‘Narco Nephews’ Begins in US

El Salvador's gangs have reportedly made a joint pact to attack the government
El Salvador's three main gangs have reportedly joined forces to carry out strategic assassinations... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

New El Salvador Gang Strategy Targets Public Officials: Report

Ex-Ecuadorian Minister Jorge Pareja Yannuzzelli
Interpol has joined the hunt for a former Ecuadorian government minister and head of its state oil... ReadLeer
/ Ecuador

Oil Company Corruption Scandal Threatens Ecuador’s Political Elite

Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega after casting his vote
Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega has been re-elected to a fourth term in office in a... ReadLeer
/ Nicaragua

Will Ortega’s Grip on Nicaragua Politics Open Door to More Corruption?

Colombian police inspect contraband meat
Police in Colombia have seized over 1,800 cows smuggled into the country from Venezuela so far this... ReadLeer
/ Colombia

Cattle Smuggling Defies Drop in Colombia-Venezuela Contraband

Members of crime groups known as "combos" are apparently seeking negotiations with the government
The recent surrender of several gang members in Colombia is raising questions about the application... ReadLeer
/ Colombia

Questions Arise Over Colombia Gang Members Seeking ‘Peace Advocate’ Status