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El Salvador Seizing Thousands of Guns but Flow of Weapons Continues

Salvadoran authorities recently claimed that an anti-gang campaign has led to thousands of weapons being seized. But the numbers and types of weapons seized are...
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Nicaragua Not Spared As Cocaine Flows Through Central America

A string of drug trafficking busts connected to Nicaragua have occurred over the past few weeks, raising questions over just how much cocaine is flowing through the...
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Paraguay Forest Fires Fueled by Increasing Marijuana Demand During Pandemic

The forest fires that have blazed across Paraguay in recent weeks seem to have been, in part, started by criminal groups seeking to clear space for more marijuana...
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Latin America’s History of Dirty Cops, Ministers and Generals

There is one element that has proven vital to the operational success of international drug trafficking organizations the world over, including Latin America, it is...
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Mexico City Braces for Impact from Jalisco Cartel Advance

Despite having long played down the presence of the powerful Jalisco Cartel in Mexico City, a series of recent moves are making such denials increasingly...
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How Did Culiacán Change After October 17? The Open Wound

The walls have now been patched up. There is nothing left on the streets but dust; customers are ready to go back into restaurants, the City Club wholesale store is...
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Enemies to Allies – How Venezuela Decides Which Criminal Groups Thrive

The Venezuelan government and security forces have spent the last few months building up a criminal known as Santanita and his gang as one of their major targets,...
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US Arrest of Former Defense Minister Deals Blow to Mexico Military

The US arrest of Mexico's former defense minister on drug charges confirms what has been alleged by traffickers themselves: that the country's military, which...
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The Jaguar King Who Founded Honduras’ Little French Key Zoo

Zimba the jaguar should not have been there. The biologist recognized it as the same jaguar she had ordered to be confiscated a year earlier during her first...
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Argentina Marijuana Trade Unfazed by Increased Security Controls

Argentina’s strategic location and booming consumer market has made it a major transshipment point for illegal drugs like marijuana, and a growing number of...
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Drug Flights Climb Again in Honduras and Guatemala

The number of destroyed illegal airstrips and the volume of seized cocaine in Honduras this year are set to surpass 2019 figures, indicating...
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Guatemala’s Attorney General Lashes Out Against Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office

Guatemala's attorney general has given the go-ahead to new legal actions against the public prosecutor that has headed Guatemala's most important graft...

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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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