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Special interest groups have co-opted Guatemala's justice system and blocked the efforts of those trying to clean things up. InSight Crime investigates the backroom players who are pulling strings in favor of these elites.

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Mexico Killings Indicate Cartel Split for Chapo Isidro

Mexico Killings Indicate Cartel Split for Chapo Isidro

A series of killings of top members of the Sinaloa-based Guasave Cartel suggests that one of Mexico’s most important emerging groups may be mired in a period of internal strife.

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Smugglers Moving Dominicans From Bolivia to Chile

Smugglers Moving Dominicans From Bolivia to Chile

Authorities in Bolivia have identified a network of Peruvian coyotes dedicated to smuggling Dominicans into Chile, highlighting how economic changes have spurred the development of new migration patterns and accompanying... Read more

Will 'El Chapo' Testify Against the Sinaloa Cartel?

Will 'El Chapo' Testify Against the Sinaloa Cartel?

Judicial authorities in Mexico have reported that imprisoned Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will serve as a witness in the case against a fellow ex-cartel operator, a development... Read more

Paraguay Seizes 30 Tons of Marijuana Near Brazil Border

Paraguay Seizes 30 Tons of Marijuana Near Brazil Border

Authorities in Paraguay have seized more than 30 tons of marijuana in two separate operations near the border with Brazil, a haul worth millions that was likely destined for Brazilian... Read more

Is Honduras Militarizing its Prison System?

Is Honduras Militarizing its Prison System?

Around 300 army reserve soldiers are being trained to serve as prison guards in Honduras, a measure that could improve security, but is unlikely to provide a lasting solution to... Read more

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Gulf Cartel

Gulf Cartel

The Gulf Cartel is one of the oldest and most powerful of Mexico’s criminal groups... Read more

Oficina de Envigado

Oficina de Envigado

The inheritors of Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking empire in Colombia, the Oficina de Envigado is... Read more

FARC

FARC

As the biggest irregular army in Colombia, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas... Read more

Urabeños

Urabeños

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

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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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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 officials have acted during Mexico's...

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Co-Founder of Mexico's Zetas Leaves Prison

Co-Founder of Mexico's Zetas 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 loss of leadership in recent...

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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 for control of the most...

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