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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...
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...
Part of the 160 kilograms of cocaine seized in El Salvador on March 12. Photo courtesy of La Prensa Gráfica.

Colombian Cocaine Seizure Puts Texis Cartel on Central American Drug Trafficking Map

Police in El Salvador seized 160 kilograms of Colombian cocaine last week, again shedding light on the importance of the Texis Cartel on the Central American drug...
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...

MS13 and Texis Cartel Linked ‘Medio Millón’ Escapes Conviction, Again

A high-profile alleged affiliate of both the MS13 street gang and Texis Cartel drug traffickers has been acquitted in El Salvador, highlighting once again the...

Former El Salvador Congressman Linked to Drug Trafficking Network

A money laundering case involving a former congressman represents a test for the ability of El Salvador's authorities to unravel the complex links...

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,"...

Washington Eyes El Salvador Attorney General Race

Six members of the US House of Representatives have sent a letter to legislators in El Salvador urging them to elect a new Attorney General, highlighting the issue...