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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...
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Major Oil Trader Fined for Bribes Across Latin America

The world’s biggest oil trading firm faces a large fine after a multi-country investigation revealed it bribed Brazilian, Mexican and Ecuadorian officials...
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Social Media Used to Sell Exotic Animals in Brazil

A spate of recent operations targeting wildlife trafficking rings in Brazil have highlighted the extent to which such groups have been increasingly relying on...
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El Salvador Overspent on Hotels Used for Coronavirus Quarantine

Hotels seized from accused Salvadoran drug kingpin Chepe Diablo were awarded lucrative government contracts to serve as quarantine centers, according to an audit...
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Argentina Turns to DNA to Fight Cattle Rustling

Officials in Argentina have been discussing how DNA testing may be used to curb cattle rustling and rural crime in Santa Fe, indicating ministers will seek to apply...
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Record Drug Seizure Caps Off Difficult Year for Chile

A record drug bust by Chilean armed forces showed that growing public concern about increased drug trafficking in the country is more than...
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Bolivia Dealing with Contraband Surge During Pandemic

Authorities in Bolivia this month have seized several large contraband shipments, as the country's economic struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic continue to...
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Submarines for Rent – The Best Option for Traffickers in Colombia

In November, the Attorney General’s Office, the Colombian Navy and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested 11 alleged members of an organization...
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Guatemala Police Case Stirs Up Dark Memories

Authorities in Guatemala have arrested seven individuals, among them four police officers, accused of belonging to a criminal organization dedicated to arms...
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Brazil Hits Enter on Digital Piracy Crackdown

Brazilian authorities have launched a nationwide operation against digital piracy in conjunction with US and UK law enforcement, the country’s most recent attempt...
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Mako Sharks Gutted and Tossed on a Chilean Landfill

The discovery of 17 shark carcasses discarded in a landfill in Chile indicates that illegal fishing practices may be on the rise as criminal actors continue to prey...
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Drones Rain Contraband on Panama Prison

A burst of attempted contraband smuggling into Panama’s largest prison complex has challenged governments claims about the success of recent reforms in bolstering...

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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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