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The two Rio police accused of the killings
A recent video of police seemingly executing teenage suspects raises an important question: to what... ReadLeer
/ Brazil

‘Two Down’: Video of Brazil Police Killings Raises Disturbing Questions

Banner hung by River Plate barra brava
They have been labelled the most violent and dangerous fans in Latin America, if not the world. In... ReadLeer
/ Argentina

Violence, Power, Soccer and Drugs: Argentina’s Barras Bravas

BOPE search Vila Kennedy. Photo: Bruno Poppe
InSight Crime accompanied Rio's elite military police squad as it occupied one of the city's... ReadLeer
/ Brazil

Gangs Reassert Themselves in Rio’s ‘Pacified’ Favelas

A marijuana farmer in Jamaica
Jamaica plans to decriminalize marijuana before the end of the year, bringing it in line with many... ReadLeer
/ Caribbean

Jamaica to Become Latest LatAm Nation to Decriminalize Marijuana

La Tuta is the best-known Knights Templar leader
A Mexican newspaper has published a photo gallery of the leaders of the Knights Templar, a drug... ReadLeer
/ Knights Templar

Mexico’s Knights Templar Love Publicity, but Where Will It Get Them?

Illegal Peruvian gold is worth an estimated $3B annually
Special security teams tasked with catching contraband gold smuggling will be placed in five... ReadLeer
/ Gold

Airport Controls Unlikely to Stem Flow of Illegal Gold From Peru

Gang members said to be behind recent Opumare violence
Proposals by the Venezuelan government to form "peace zones" will just enhance the power of... ReadLeer
/ Colectivos

Venezuela ‘Peace Zones’ Could Heighten Impunity: Expert

A worker in an illegal gold mine in Peru
Slave-like conditions, frequent accidents, disease and sexual exploitation are a normal part of the... ReadLeer
/ Gold

How Gold Trade Fuels Modern-Day Slavery in Peru

Eradication teams working in the VRAEM region
The Peruvian government has announced plans to attempt major coca eradication in the VRAEM region... ReadLeer
/ Coca

Can Peru Extend Coca Eradication Success into the VRAEM?

Authorities arrest alleged member of the extortion ring
Prosecutors in Ecuador are investigating a wave of extortions believed to have been carried out by... ReadLeer
/ Ecuador

Will Ecuador Extortion Rise with Growth of International Organized Crime?

"The Drug Lord" will immortalize El Chapo on screen
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's life and times are to be brought to television screens across the... ReadLeer
/ El Chapo

‘El Chapo’ Guzman Gets His Own TV Show in United States

"El Menchito" was thought to be CJNG's second-in-command
Authorities in Mexico have captured one of the top leaders of the Jalisco Cartel - New Generation,... ReadLeer
/ Jalisco Cartel

Mexico Captures CJNG Leader, Investigates Links With Vigilantes