News Analysis

How Unchecked Violence Kills the Innocent: Stray Bullets in Latin America

How Unchecked Violence Kills the Innocent: Stray Bullets in Latin America

Endemic gun violence in Latin America and the Caribbean at times produces unintended – and fatal – consequences for victims of stray bullets, a limited yet nonetheless real threat to citizen security in the region. Read More

News Briefs

Powerful El Salvador Kingpin 'Repollo' Gets 77 Years

Powerful El Salvador Kingpin 'Repollo' Gets 77 Years

The well-connected Salvadoran drug trafficker alias "Repollo" has been sentenced to 77 years in prison, following a trial that exposed a wide-ranging Central American cocaine smuggling network, in what is a rare victory for El Salvador's justice system. Read More

Liquid Cocaine, Bolivia's Undetectable Drug

Liquid Cocaine, Bolivia's Undetectable Drug

Bolivia reportedly has no way of detecting liquid cocaine, an increasingly important form of drug smuggling in the Andean nation, further undermining drug interdiction efforts, even as security officials admit to the presence of Mexican cartels in the country.  Read More

Colombia Captures 'Coltan Czar' Linked to FARC

Colombia Captures 'Coltan Czar' Linked to FARC

Authorities in Colombia have captured a key operative who facilitated the sale of coltan and uranium for the FARC and ELN guerrilla groups, in a case highlighting the role corrupt officials play in the lucrative illegal mining industry. Read More

Uruguay Soccer Clubs Involved in Drug Trafficking: Police

Uruguay Soccer Clubs Involved in Drug Trafficking: Police

Police in Uruguay have evidence that more than 400 people -- among them members of soccer fan clubs, soccer team directors, and at least one politician -- are involved in trafficking drugs and weapons, an intersection between soccer and organized crime that has also been seen in neighboring Argentina.  Read More