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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...

Rift in Bagdad Crime Syndicate Fueling Violence in Panama

Homicides in western Panama have surged in a cycle of revenge killings, as one of the country's largest gangs struggles to maintain power and control over...
Local gangs in Costa Rica and Panama stepped up in 2016

GameChangers 2016: Gang Evolution in Central America’s Southern Gateway

When it comes to Central America, all eyes are usually on the Northern Triangle. But 2016 saw local organized crime in Costa Rica and Panama -- traditionally oases...
Map of gang presence and homicides in Panama

Mapped: Where Panama’s Gangs are Strongest, Homicides are Highest

Recent murder statistics from Panama reveal that the most violent areas of the country coincide with those where gang presence is...