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Uruguay Marijuana Law Under Fire

Uruguay Marijuana Law Under Fire

When Uruguay's historic marijuana regulation law passed the Senate in December, it was a major victory for drug policy reform in Uruguay and around the world. To many analysts, the hard part appeared to be...

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'Venezuela Never Reported Cocaine Haul in Jet Plane'

'Venezuela Never Reported Cocaine Haul in Jet Plane'

Venezuelan authorities never disclosed that another cocaine haul was discovered in a jet plane earlier this year, raising new questions about the amount of drugs being moved through the country's... Read more

Colombia's 'Green War' Reigniting with Death of Emerald Baron?

Colombia's 'Green War' Reigniting with Death of Emerald Baron?

The death of one of Colombia's most important emerald barons marks the end of an era of relative peace and could usher in another "Green War" as rival clans fight... Read more

Co-Founder of Mexico's Zeta Cartel Leaves Prison

Co-Founder of Mexico's Zeta Cartel Leaves Prison

One of the founders of Mexico's Zetas cartel has been released from prison, raising the possibility that he could reassume control of the criminal organization, which has suffered a significant... Read more

Groups Ask International Criminal Court to Investigate Mexico Military Atrocities

Groups Ask International Criminal Court to Investigate Mexico Military Atrocities

Non-governmental organizations have called on the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged crimes against humanity committed by security forces in Mexico, underscoring the perceived impunity and brutality with which these... Read more

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Urabeños

Urabeños

The Urabeños, also known as the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces, are one of the most ambitious,... Read more

Cartel de los Soles

Cartel de los Soles

The term “Cartel of the Suns” (Cartel de los Soles) is used to describe shadowy... Read more

Red Command

Red Command

The Red Command (Comando Vermelho) is Brazil’s oldest criminal group, created in a Rio de... Read more

Zetas

Zetas

The Zetas, once the military wing of the Gulf Cartel, are among one of the... Read more

Sinaloa Cartel

Sinaloa Cartel

The Sinaloa Cartel, often described as the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization in... Read more

BLO

BLO

Led by the Beltran Leyva brothers, this Mexican drug trafficking organization worked with the Sinaloa... Read more

Shining Path

Shining Path

The Shining Path is an insurgent group in Peru that has declined in recent years,... Read more

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The Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

Los Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

After the capture of Zetas boss "Z40," Nuevo Laredo is bracing itself for the worst. This investigation breaks down what makes the city such an important trafficking corridor, and what it will take for the Zetas to maintain their grip on the city.

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Uruguay's Marijuana Bill

Uruguay: Marijuana, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug.

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El Salvador's Gang Truce

El Salvador's Gang Truce

The truce between El Salvador's two largest gangs -- the MS-13 and the Barrio 18 -- opens up new possibilities in how to deal with

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Juarez After The War

Juarez After The War

As a bitter war between rival cartels grinds to an end, Ciudad Juarez has lost the title of world murder capital, and is moving towards something more like normality.

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The Zetas And The Battle For Monterrey

The Zetas and the Battle for Monterrey

InSight Crime delves into the Zetas' battle for Mexico’s industrial capital, Monterrey, getting to the essence of a criminal gang that defies easy definition.

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Slavery in Latin America

Slavery in Latin America

InSight Crime coordinated an investigation into modern slavery, looking at how Latin America’s criminal groups traffic human beings and force them to work as slaves.

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FARC, Peace and Criminalization

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is being dangled before Colombia. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, the enemies of the negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the process are high.

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Displacement in Latin America

Displacement in Latin America

InSight Crime coordinated an investigation into the new face of displacement in Latin America, where organized criminal groups are expanding and forcing people to flee.

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Target: Migrants

Target: Migrants

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and travelers.

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Zetas in Guatemala

The Zetas in Guatemala

Mexico's Zetas have taken Guatemala by storm, and they are testing this country and the rest of the region: fail this test, and Central America sinks deeper into the abyss.

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Uruguay Didn't Want to Legalize Marijuana (But Did it Anyway)

Uruguay Didn't Want to Legalize Marijuana (But Did it Anyway)

Nelly Santos was worriedly waiting for her son to come home after receiving a call from his school. Daniel arrived with his head lowered, his cap visor covering his face and his eyes reddened. He'd...

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Colombia's BACRIM Count More Than 3400 Fighters

Colombia's BACRIM Count More Than 3400 Fighters

Police in Colombia have stated that the country's major drug trafficking syndicates currently have more than 3,400 members, present in at least 15 of the Colombia's 32 provinces.

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Cuban Officials Involved in Drug Trafficking: Defector

Cuban Officials Involved in Drug Trafficking: Defector

A former counterintelligence agent accused high-ranking security officials in Cuba of trafficking drugs, an assertion that suggests deep government complicity in the drug trade – if true. 

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