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Thousands Displaced in Medellin

In Colombia there are reports by El Tiempo that the urban violence in Medellin has displaced at least 1,870 people so far this year. Those are only the...
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‘Barbie’ Says ‘Chapo’ to Blame for Violence

In a transcript of the police interrogation with Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "La Barbie," he says disputes over control of Juarez led to Mexico's current...
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New Trade for Traffickers: Cattle Rustling

Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) like Mexico's La Familia, is entering the cattle rustling business, according to a lengthy article in El Universal. The...
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Guatemalans Working with Zetas Sentenced

Six Guatemalan former military were sentenced to prison this week in Mexico for working with the Mexican criminal group the Zetas, Prensa Libre...
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Alleged ‘Barbie’ Associate Facing Charges in Costa Rica

In an illustration of the reach of the Beltrán Leyva Organization, an associate of Edgar Valdez Villareal, alias La Barbie, is facing trial in Costa Rica for drug...
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Paying Attention to Central America’s Drug Trafficking Crisis

From an October 27, 2010 report by Kevin Casas-Zamora of the Brookings...
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‘Barbie’ Talks?

Mexican authorities are making it seem as if Edgar Valdez Villareal, alias “La Barbie,” is cooperating with them following their recent capture of the drug lord....
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63pc of Mexican Municipalities ‘Inflitrated’ by Traffickers

A new study by the Congressional Commission on Development of the Municipalities in Mexico says that drug trafficking groups control 8 percent of all the...
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20,000 Migrants Kidnapped per year in Mexico

Twenty thousand migrants per year are kidnapped in Mexico by criminal groups, ElSalvador.com says, citing Mexican and international monitoring organizations. The...
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Colombia Government: 152 Gangs in Medellin

Colombian authorities have indentified 152 gangs operating in Medellin, according to a report by Caracol citing a government intelligence...
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Uruguay’s Security Minister: “Feudalization” of Drug Trafficking

In an academic forum in Montevideo, Uruguay’s Interior Minister Eduardo Bonomi said the country is experiencing a “feudalization” of the criminal world in that...
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17 Dead in Honduras Gang Massacre

Honduras is seeing the fallout from Tuesday’s grisly massacre inside a shoe factory, when three perpetrators used AK-47s to slaughter 17...

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Proxy Gang Wars Fuel Record Homicides in Ecuador’s Prisons

An ongoing gang war in Ecuador’s prisons has made 2020 the bloodiest year on record for inmates, underscoring how the country’s penitentiary system cannot contain the escalating conflict among an...

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