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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...
Chepe Diablo / Photo courtesy of Factum

El Salvador Vice President Engaged in ‘Money Laundering Methods’: Prosecutors

The vice president of El Salvador, Óscar Ortiz, is closer than he has claimed to the illegal activities of José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," who...
José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo"

El Salvador Crime Boss Allegedly Laundered Money With Panama Companies

José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," has been accused of laundering money via shell companies in Panama, a reminder of the important role these...
Chepe Diablo Photo: FACTUM/Courtesy of PNC

‘Chepe Diablo’ Case (Upside Down): El Salvador Accuses, US Exonerates

In a reversal befitting of his criminal career, "Chepe Diablo" has been taken off the US Treasury Department's "Kingpin List," even as he faces stiff money...
José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo"

Weekly InSight: ‘Chepe Diablo,’ the Texis Cartel and El Salvador Elites

In our April 6 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos spoke with Senior Editor Mike LaSusa about one of the biggest organized crime...
José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo". Photo by Factum/Bryan Avelar

El Salvador Arrests ‘Chepe Diablo,’ Investigates Ties With Vice President

El Salvador's Attorney General's Office arrested José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," the alleged leader of the Texis Cartel, the most important drug...

The Lucky ‘Kingpin’: How ‘Chepe Diablo’ Has (So Far) Ridiculed Justice

José Adán Salazar Umaña is the only Salvadoran citizen currently on the US government's Kingpin List. But in his defense, Salazar Umaña claims is he is an...
José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias Chepe Diablo

In About-Face, El Salvador Govt Reopens ‘Chepe Diablo’ Case

When Luis Martínez was the Attorney General in 2015, he ordered his subordinates to shelve the money laundering investigation against businessman José Adán...
Former DEA agent Danny Dalton

Ex-DEA Agent: US Tolerant of Central American Drug Corruption

Former DEA agent in El Salvador Danny Dalton doesn't mince words: Central America's drug trafficking organizations would not be so well developed without the help...
Vice President Óscar Ortiz (right) with President Salvador Sánchez Cerén

El Salvador Vice President Started Company with ‘Chepe Diablo’

In June 2000, Óscar Samuel Ortiz -- the mayor of the town of Santa Tecla at the time and current vice president of El Salvador -- founded a real estate company...

Did El Salvador’s Attorney General Protect ‘Chepe Diablo’?

In this article, the role of El Salvador Attorney General Luis Martinez in obstructing investigations into the Texis Cartel, and its supposed leader "Chepe Diablo,"...

Diagnosing El Salvador’s Snowden Syndrome

This is a story about El Salvador's Edward Snowdens, a group of police officers under investigation for leaking confidential documents, even as authorities refuse...