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Miguel Angel Tobar, after his death
Miguel Angel Tobar was a protected witness for the government of El Salvador who admittedly killed... ReadLeer
/ El Salvador

The Death Foretold of an El Salvador Gang Informant

Murdered MS13 member Miguel Angel Tobar
Miguel Angel Tobar was an assassin and a former member of a faction of El Salvador's biggest gang,... ReadLeer
/ El Salvador

The Gang Informant El Salvador Failed to Protect

Land traffickers often rely on corruption
Recent cases involving the illegal appropriation and sale of lands in Peru and Brazil highlight how... ReadLeer
/ Brazil

How Corruption Feeds Land Trafficking in Latin America

Migrants face a tough road north - Photo: Majo Siscar
Faced with the risks that infamous cargo train "the Beast" represents, many migrants have opted for... ReadLeer
/ Extortion

The Buses (and Bribes) of a Migrant’s Journey Through Mexico

"13" is added to gangs' names to show they are La Eme affiliates
In the second part of this two-part series on the history of southern California gangs in El... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

The US Gang El Salvador Won’t Admit Exists

The Sureños are El Salvador's little talked about "other" gangs
It is common when talking about gangs -- or maras -- in El Salvador to mention only the Mara... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

El Salvador’s Other Gang from California: the Sureños

The Arica desert in north Chile
Article 22 of Chile's drug law states that a prisoner may reduce their sentence by cooperating with... ReadLeer
/ Bolivia

The Trials of Drug ‘Mules’ in Chile’s Northern Desert

One of the signs held by protesters
Vigilantes in Michoacan, Mexico recently set up blockades in nine municipalities to protest... ReadLeer
/ Mexico

Mexico Vigilantes Back in Action – Why Now?

Illegal logging in Peru is facilitated by poor controls
As the United Nations climate change conference wraps up in Lima, one newspaper in Peru has given a... ReadLeer
/ Environmental Crime

How Poor Controls Facilitate Peru’s Illegal Logging

Heroin seized in New York in 2014
The Sinaloa Cartel has taken control of New York’s heroin market, replacing Colombian and Asian... ReadLeer
/ Heroin

How Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Fed US Heroin Market

A German Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle
A newspaper in Germany reported that 36 German guns were seized from the municipal police in... ReadLeer
/ Arms Trafficking

German Guns in Mexico and the 5 Levels of Police Collusion

Paraguay narco "Capilo" (left) alongside Brazil's "Pavao"
Criminal groups in Latin America's Southern Cone are increasingly focused on feeding the region's... ReadLeer
/ Brazil

Career of Paraguay Crime Boss Highlights LatAm’s Changing Drug Trade