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Pro-legalization marchers in Uruguay

Delays in Uruguay Marijuana Law Leave Door Ajar for Drug Trafficking

Three years after Uruguay became the first South American country to create a legal market for marijuana, seven out of every ten cannabis consumers still acquire...
Seized marijuana in Paraguay

Rise in Uruguay Marijuana Seizures Presents Challenge to Reforms

An increase in marijuana seizures in Uruguay raises questions about whether criminal groups are taking advantage of delays to the implementation of the country’s...
Paraguay River

Mapping Paraguay’s Marijuana Trail

A report has mapped how marijuana is trafficked through Paraguay and Argentina via thousands of kilometers of river, providing an insight into a less popular but...
Uruguay looks to begin marijuana sales following legalization in 2013

Uruguay Takes New Step Toward Legal Marijuana Sales

Uruguayan authorities have announced that they will soon establish a registry of marijuana users, the latest step in a long process of realizing historic drug...
Congress debating anti-drug law

Bolivia, Uruguay Latest Countries to Propose Drug Law Reforms

Bolivia and Uruguay are set to implement new legal frameworks for combatting drug trafficking, reflecting a regional pattern of governments reassessing their...
Increased drug-related crime in Uruguay has sparked concern

Is Uruguay the New Argentina of Drug Trafficking?

The recent arrest of individuals linked to Mexico's Los Cuinis criminal organization has drawn attention to organized crime's presence in Uruguay and the role of...
Criminals have targeted Uruguay's military arsenals in 2016

Attempted Thefts from Uruguay Military Arsenal Raise Concerns

A rise in attempted arms thefts from Uruguay's military barracks in 2016 has sparked debate over the criminal nature of the perpetrators involved, and again drawn...
US Treasury diagram of links between Los Cuinis and CJNG

Mexico Cartel Suspect Named in Panama Papers Arrested in Uruguay

Uruguayan authorities have arrested several suspects linked to Mexico crime group Los Cuinis, a move that could shed light on some previously obscure aspects of the...
Juan Pedro Damiani, member of the FIFA Independent Ethics Commission

Panama Papers Link FIFA Ethics Member, LatAm Soccer Corruption

Newly leaked documents from a Panama-based law firm connect a member of FIFA's ethics commission to three individuals facing bribery charges over deals to secure...

Murder Draws Attention to Paraguay-Uruguay Marijuana Trade

A shocking murder in Uruguay has drawn attention to Paraguay's role as the nation's biggest marijuana supplier, but upcoming drug legalization could potentially...
President Tabare Vazquez

Uruguay Marijuana Reform Sees Progress, But Challenges Remain

Almost two years after passing legislation to legalize the growth and sale of marijuana, Uruguay’s government says the country is almost ready to begin...
Cost of crime and violence in Latin America eats up a significant chunk of GDP

High Cost Of Crime In Latin America: Report

An in-depth study into the costs of crime and violence in Latin America concludes that they have a profound economic impact in the region, costing nations an...