News Analysis

Guatemala's Missed Opportunity on Drug Policy Reform

Guatemala's Missed Opportunity on Drug Policy Reform

A report from Guatemala's National Commission for Drug Policy Reform falls short of making recommendations that would propel the country back to the forefront in the regional push for reform, where it once stood. Read More

News Briefs

Colombia Captures 'Marquitos,' Contraband Capo and Political Boss

Colombia Captures 'Marquitos,' Contraband Capo and Political Boss

Police have captured the most wanted man in northeast Colombia, "Marquitos" Figueroa, a blow against a criminal network that not only controls gasoline smuggling and drug trafficking routes but has also deeply infiltrated local politics. Read More

Mexican Govt Commission Confirms Army Massacre

Mexican Govt Commission Confirms Army Massacre

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has determined that the army summarily executed 15 of the 22 suspects killed in a warehouse in June this year, confirming another case of grave human rights abuse by the security forces, a month after the disappearance of 43 students. Read More

Drug Czar Denounces Corruption in Paraguay

Drug Czar Denounces Corruption in Paraguay

Paraguay's anti-drug chief has expressed concern over traffickers' ties to officials -- a phenomenon that may be inevitable given the importance of the marijuana trade to the country's economy -- and suggested regulated marijuana production as an alternative approach to tackling organized crime. Read More

'Peru's President Took $1Mn Donation from Informal Miners'

'Peru's President Took $1Mn Donation from Informal Miners'

A leader of Peru's informal mining sector has claimed that President Ollanta Humala accepted campaign funding in the run-up to the 2011 elections, raising questions over the head of state's ties to the illicit mining industry. Read More