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All Bark, No Bite: How US Bungled Case of ‘Major’ Money Launderer

US authorities alleged Nidal Waked and other members of his powerful and well-connected family in Panama were among “the world’s most significant drug money...
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Capital Murder: 2019 Homicide Rates in Latin America’s Capital Cities

In a year marked by political and criminal turmoil, Latin American capitals did not escape the effects of the violence, organized crime and state repression...
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Overview of Violence Against Social Leaders in Colombia

Social leaders across Colombia were murdered at an almost unprecedented rate in 2019, and for a wide range of causes. Criminal gangs seeking to protect their...
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El Salvador President Gains Most From Prosecution of Rivals

The evidence used to indict several high-ranking politicians in El Salvador for negotiating with gangs has been around for years, raising questions about why...
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El Salvador’s Prosecutions of Officials Who Negotiated With Gangs Explained

Prosecutors in El Salvador have charged high-ranking politicians with electoral fraud in connection to their controversial negotiations with gang leaders, opening a...
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InSight Crime’s 2019 Homicide Round-Up

Unrest gripped much of Latin America and the Caribbean throughout 2019. From record violence in Mexico that recalled the darkest days of the drug war,...
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GameChangers 2019: 10 Predictions for Organized Crime in 2020

The year was one of political tumult, fed in no small part by organized crime and its favored weapon: corruption. The region appeared to take a step backwards...
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GameChangers 2019: Northern Triangle Countries to Fight Corruption Alone, if at All

The year 2019 saw the end of a brief golden era when local and international forces came together to fight state and private corruption in the Northern...
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GameChangers 2019: Mexico’s Body Count Soars as AMLO Out of Ideas

It was always going to be a thankless task. When President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office in December of 2018, Mexico was undergoing the most violent...
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GameChangers 2019: Backwards to the Future

Welcome to InSight Crime's Criminal GameChangers 2019, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of the year....
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Sucumbíos: Lawless Ecuador Border Province Is Sanctuary for Traffickers

In January 2019, heavily armed gunmen traveling in a truck and on a motorbike ambushed a small group of anti-narcotics agents in Sucumbíos, the Ecuadorean province...
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Esmeraldas: An Ecuador Province Gripped by Drug Conflict

For the Ecuadorean province of Esmeraldas on the Pacific side of the Colombia border, 2019 began with a warning that the horrors of the past year were no...