News Analysis

US Police Corrupted by Mexico's Cartels Along Border

US Police Corrupted by Mexico's Cartels Along Border

The corrupting power of Mexican drug traffickers is finding its way into the police forces of the southern United States. An investigation by the Dromomanos collective, winner of the Ortega y Gasset Journalism Awards, published in El Universal, reveals drug traffickers have bribed a large number of sheriffs, border patrol officers, and customs officials in Texas. Read More

News Briefs

Was Attack on Guatemala Mayor Linked to Drug Trafficking?

Was Attack on Guatemala Mayor Linked to Drug Trafficking?

A mayor from a Guatemala town located along a major drug route was attacked while visiting a border town in El Salvador, raising questions about who was behind the incident and why. Read More

Murder of Mexico Vigilante Leader Underscores Legalization Issues

Murder of Mexico Vigilante Leader Underscores Legalization Issues

The murder of a Rural Defense Force commander in Mexico has reignited the debate over the legalization of vigilante forces, highlighting the lack of resources and protection afforded to those who have laid down their weapons to join official units. Read More

Bolivia Starts Implementing Aircraft Shoot-Down Law

Bolivia Starts Implementing Aircraft Shoot-Down Law

As it moves to implement drug plane shoot-down legislation, Bolivia has created a new body focused on defending its airspace from drug traffickers -- a step that carries with it tremendous technical as well as potential legal challenges. Read More

Criminals Turn to Metal Theft as Mexico Underworld Fragments

Criminals Turn to Metal Theft as Mexico Underworld Fragments

Criminal groups are reportedly stealing and selling parts of electrical towers in northern Mexico, in yet another example of these organizations looking for new revenue streams as the country's underworld fragments.  Read More