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An ongoing gang war in Ecuador’s prisons has made 2020 the bloodiest year on record for inmates,... ReadLeer
/ Contraband

Proxy Gang Wars Fuel Record Homicides in Ecuador’s Prisons

The world’s biggest oil trading firm faces a large fine after a multi-country investigation... ReadLeer
/ Brazil

Major Oil Trader Fined for Bribes Across Latin America

A burst of attempted contraband smuggling into Panama’s largest prison complex has challenged... ReadLeer
/ Bagdad

Drones Rain Contraband on Panama Prison

Authorities in Belgium have arrested a former top counter-narcotics official who they say is being... ReadLeer
/ Cocaine

Record Cocaine Haul at Belgium Port Uncovers Police Corruption

A series of assassinations on Ecuador’s southern border with Peru have been attributed to gang... ReadLeer
/ Arms Trafficking

Contraband Turns to Bloodshed Between Ecuador and Peru

La Unión Tepito is a large criminal group indigenous to Mexico City, named after one of the... ReadLeer
/ Mexico Groups

La Unión Tepito

Paraguayan authorities have announced historic sanctions against a major Brazilian bank in the... ReadLeer
/ Brazil

Brazilian Bank Slapped With Record Money Laundering Fine in Paraguay

A new report suggests the Chinese fishing fleet that mass trawled just off Ecuador’s Galápagos... ReadLeer
/ Chile

Chinese Fishing Fleet Leaves Ecuador, Chile, Peru Scrambling to Respond

Despite having long played down the presence of the powerful Jalisco Cartel in Mexico City, a... ReadLeer
/ Featured

Mexico City Braces for Impact from Jalisco Cartel Advance

A patrol ship in the Dutch Caribbean has caught a ton of cocaine in a rapid series of seizures,... ReadLeer
/ Caribbean

Dutch Ship Makes Waves with Record Cocaine Seizures in Caribbean

Authorities in Panama’s northwestern province of Bocas del Toro have intercepted a string of... ReadLeer
/ Cocaine

Panama’s Bocas del Toro Archipelago New Cocaine Seizure Hotspot

Theft of yucca cacti from indigenous communities in Mexico’s northwestern state of Baja... ReadLeer
/ Environmental Crime

Yucca Cacti Theft Illuminates Mexico’s Hidden Plant Trafficking Problem