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'El Mayo' Rises to Lead a Sinaloa Cartel whose Future Is Uncertain

'El Mayo' Rises to Lead a Sinaloa Cartel whose Future Is Uncertain

The upcoming trial in California of a high-ranking operative from Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel raises questions about the state of the vaunted drug trafficking organization, and whether the one remaining capo can maintain the criminal organization's...

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Continued Opposition to Uruguay Marijuana Law a Challenge for Govt

Continued Opposition to Uruguay Marijuana Law a Challenge for Govt

Over 60 percent of people in Uruguay believe the country's marijuana law should be repealed, indicating continued widespread opposition to legalizing marijuana as the implementation process for the new legislation... Read more

Lack of Miami Airport Controls Facilitates Animal Trafficking: US Officials

Lack of Miami Airport Controls Facilitates Animal Trafficking: US Officials

US officials working in Miami's airport reportedly inspect just a fraction of the animal cargo passing through the busy international hub, providing ample opportunities for wildlife smuggling as Latin America... Read more

Mexico Prisoner Origins Insufficient Basis for Anti-Violence Program Placement

Mexico Prisoner Origins Insufficient Basis for Anti-Violence Program Placement

Mexico's Interior Ministry has identified the neighborhoods where most of the country's criminals originate, a strategy aimed at determining where to allocate government anti-violence funding, but one that has some... Read more

Guatemala Citizens Fight Back Against Expanding Extortion Tactics

Guatemala Citizens Fight Back Against Expanding Extortion Tactics

Authorities in Guatemala have highlighted the range of tactics used by criminals to extort money from businesses, a crime that has become so devastating that locals in one city have... Read more

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Tijuana Cartel

Tijuana Cartel

The Tijuana Cartel, also known as the Arellano Felix Organization, is based in one of... Read more

Barrio 18 (M-18)

Barrio 18 (M-18)

The 18th Street Gang, also known as "Barrio 18" or the "M-18," is one of... Read more

Reñazcos

Reñazcos

Based primarily in Nicaragua's South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS), the Reñazco family is active primarily... Read more

First Capital Command - PCC

First Capital Command - PCC

The First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital - PCC) was inspired by the Red... Read more

Shining Path

Shining Path

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

Cachiros

Cachiros

The Cachiros are one of Honduras’ largest transport groups, with a net worth close to... 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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Paraguay Govt Fears EPP Rebels Will Seek Prisoner Exchange

Paraguay Govt Fears EPP Rebels Will Seek Prisoner Exchange

Authorities in Paraguay fear the EPP guerrilla group will demand that the government free captured rebels in exchange for releasing kidnap victims, a move that echoes similar tactics employed by the FARC in Colombia.

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Is Central America's Gang Violence a Humanitarian Crisis?

Is Central America's Gang Violence a Humanitarian Crisis?

Violence perpetrated by "mara" street gangs and drug trafficking groups in Central America undermines the state and leads to high homicide rates, forced recruitment and forced displacement -- an impact comparable to that of an...

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Colombia Network Provided Stolen Fuel to Eastern Plains Narco-Paramilitaries

Colombia Network Provided Stolen Fuel to Eastern Plains Narco-Paramilitaries

Authorities in Colombia have captured members of a criminal network that reportedly stole gasoline for cocaine production, shedding light on the expanding activities of criminal leader "Pijarbey" and his narco-paramilitary group.

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