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Honduras Proves Fertile Ground for Coca

Authorities in Honduras have destroyed more than 100 acres of coca crops this year, showing that criminal groups continue to use the country...
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How President Donald Trump Has Impacted Organized Crime in Latin America

When it comes to combating organized crime and drug trafficking, US President Donald Trump has chosen to strongarm his Latin American counterparts rather than...
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Demand for Illegal Alcohol Claiming Hundreds of Lives Across Region

A sizeable seizure of adulterated rum shipped to Honduras from Europe reveals the extent to which black markets for alcohol in Latin America have expanded in...
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Mexico’s Poppy Farmers in Increasingly Dire Straits

Facing increased economic hardship, poppy-growing communities in southwest Mexico want to join a state program offering alternative projects, but this would only be...
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Los Pachenca Seek New Sanctuary for Drug Operations at Colombia’s Tip

A 14-ton seizure of cocaine has exposed a trafficking network linking Colombian trafficking group Los Pachecna to a small smuggling organization on the La Guajira...
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Demobilized Fighters in Colombia’s Meta Targeted by Ex-Farc Mafia

The reintegration process for demobilized FARC fighters in Colombia’s Eastern Plains is under threat by ex-FARC Mafia groups looking to recruit and reassert power...
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Worth Its Weight In Gold: New Unit Combats Mine Heists In Mexico

Six months after a sophisticated robbery where gunmen hijacked gold and silver bars being loaded onto a plane in Mexico, the government has stood up a specialized...
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ELN Likely to Quickly Move Past Uriel’s Death in Colombia

The killing of ELN commander Uriel -- a well-known figure often seen in propaganda videos and press reports -- is a visible win for Colombia’s security forces,...
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Drug Dealers in Brazil Accused of Bankrolling Soccer Games

To sell and promote their product, drug dealers in Rio de Janeiro have organized cash-prize soccer matches — in an example of how even low-level criminals use...
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Fake Turtle Eggs With GPS Trackers Seek Rollout Across Latin America

An experiment to track poached turtle eggs through the use of synthetic eggs equipped with GPS trackers in Costa Rica has offered a seductive new approach to...
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Textiles Contraband Surges in Colombia as Convenient Money Laundering Tactic

Fashion continues to fuel money laundering in Colombia, generating millions in losses for the country's textile...
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Guatemala Prosecutors Link Dirty Money to Former Minister

Prosecutors in Guatemala say they have linked a multimillion-dollar cash seizure to a high-ranking minister that served under former President Jimmy Morales,...

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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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