News Analysis

US Warns of CJNG Expansion from Mexico

US Warns of CJNG Expansion from Mexico

American officials are reporting that the Jalisco Cartel - New Generation (CJNG) has expanded its trafficking operations in the United States, marking an important evolution in the modus operandi of the growing criminal organization.

News Briefs

Last FARC Rebels Reach Concentration Zones, But Questions Remain

Last FARC Rebels Reach Concentration Zones, But Questions Remain

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said the FARC guerrillas have completed their transition into special concentration zones, but questions remain...

Raid of Colombia Cocaine Labs Shows Resilience of Drug Trade

Raid of Colombia Cocaine Labs Shows Resilience of Drug Trade

Security forces in Colombia have destroyed over 150 cocaine laboratories belonging to a criminal group that the government recently announced...

Haiti’s Hellish Prisons Symbolize Broken Justice System

Haiti’s Hellish Prisons Symbolize Broken Justice System

A recent report by the Associated Press depicts hellish and lethal conditions suffered by inmates in Haiti's jails, providing further...

Almost 500 Military Deaths Since Start of Mexico's Drug War

Almost 500 Military Deaths Since Start of Mexico's Drug War

Mexico's defense secretary says nearly 500 military personnel have been killed since the start of the country's drug war a...

Rio de Janeiro Budget Crisis Heightens Security Concerns for Carnival

Rio de Janeiro Budget Crisis Heightens Security Concerns for Carnival

Brazil's deployment of thousands of military police to Rio de Janeiro ahead of Carnival, amid fears of police strikes linked...

FARC Demobilization Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

FARC Demobilization Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

Authorities in Costa Rica are worried that the dismantling of Colombia's main guerrilla group could threaten the Central American country's...

Investigations

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How the MS13 Tried (and Failed) to Create a Single Gang in the US

How the MS13 Tried (and Failed) to Create a Single Gang in the US

In July 2011, members of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) attended a meeting organized in California by a criminal known as "Bad Boy." Among the invitees was José Juan Rodríguez Juárez, known as "Dreamer," who had gone to the meeting hoping to better understand what was beginning to...

How the MS13 Got Its Foothold in Transnational Drug Trafficking

How the MS13 Got Its Foothold in Transnational Drug Trafficking

Throughout the continent, the debate on whether or not the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) gang is working with or for drug traffickers continues. In this investigation, journalist Carlos García tells the story of how a member of the MS13 entered the methamphetamine distribution business under the powerful auspices...

Guatemala's Mafia State and the Case of Mauricio López Bonilla

Guatemala's Mafia State and the Case of Mauricio López Bonilla

Former Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla -- a decorated war hero and a longtime US ally -- finds himself treading water amidst a flurry of accusations about corruption and his connections to drug traffickers. López Bonilla is not the most well-known suspect in the cases against...

The Lucky ‘Kingpin’: How ‘Chepe Diablo’ Has (So Far) Ridiculed Justice

The Lucky ‘Kingpin’: How ‘Chepe Diablo’ Has (So Far) Ridiculed Justice

José Adán Salazar Umaña is the only Salvadoran citizen currently on the US government's Kingpin List. But in his defense, Salazar Umaña claims is he is an honorable businessman who started his career by exchanging money along the borders between Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. He does...

The MS13 Moves (Again) to Expand on US East Coast

The MS13 Moves (Again) to Expand on US East Coast

Local police and justice officials are convinced that the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) has strengthened its presence along the East Coast of the United States. The alarm follows a recent spate of violence -- of the type not seen in a decade -- which included dismembered bodies and...

'MS13 Members Imprisoned in El Salvador Can Direct the Gang in the US'

'MS13 Members Imprisoned in El Salvador Can Direct the Gang in the US'

Special Agent David LeValley headed the criminal division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Washington office until last November 8. While in office, he witnessed the rise of the MS13, the Barrio 18 (18th Street) and other smaller gangs in the District of Columbia as well...