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California Firm Investigated for Links to Mexico Organized Crime: Reports

California Firm Investigated for Links to Mexico Organized Crime: Reports

US authorities are investigating allegations that California energy company Sempra had links to Mexican criminal groups and bribed prominent Mexican politicians, according to media reports, raising questions about the role of US firms in supporting...

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Venezuela Blames Sinaloa Cartel for Air France Cocaine Shipment

Venezuela Blames Sinaloa Cartel for Air France Cocaine Shipment

Officials in Venezuela have claimed that last year's record cocaine seizure from an Air France flight out of Caracas belonged to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, in a statement that -- whether... Read more

Son of Suriname's President Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking, Terrorism

Son of Suriname's President Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking, Terrorism

The son of Suriname's president, who served as head of the country's counterterrorism unit, has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, weapons, and terrorism charges, in the latest evidence of the... Read more

Reported Narco-Summit Could Herald Upheaval for Mexico Underworld

Reported Narco-Summit Could Herald Upheaval for Mexico Underworld

The leaders of some of Mexico's principal drug cartels recently staged a narco-summit to reconfigure the criminal landscape, according to reports in local media, which, if accurate, could mark the... Read more

700 Kidnapped Migrants Rescued in 3 Months in Tamaulipas, Mexico

700 Kidnapped Migrants Rescued in 3 Months in Tamaulipas, Mexico

Mexican authorities say they have rescued 700 kidnapped migrants in Mexico's Tamaulipas state since May, underscoring the dangers facing migrants traveling through the embattled northeastern state as fragmented criminal groups... Read more

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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

Juarez Cartel

Juarez Cartel

The Juarez Cartel is responsible for smuggling tons of narcotics from Mexico into the U.S.... Read more

MS13

MS13

The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13, is perhaps the most notorious street gang in the Western... 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

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

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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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Guatemala, Honduras Presidents Blame US, Ignore Own Problems

Guatemala, Honduras Presidents Blame US, Ignore Own Problems

Presidents in Central America have blamed US drug policy for fueling the ongoing child migrant crisis, but the violence, unemployment and underdevelopment fueling this flight has more to do with the way the elites run...

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Police, Gangs Behind Abuse of Honduras' LGBTI Community

Police, Gangs Behind Abuse of Honduras' LGBTI Community

The principal victimizers of Honduras' LGBTI community are police and criminal gangs, according to a new report by local rights groups, highlighting how discrimination against minorities relates to the security dynamic.

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Nicaragua Cattle Smuggled to Honduras

Nicaragua Cattle Smuggled to Honduras

Cattle-running groups have reportedly illegally transported 22,000 heads of cattle from eastern Nicaragua to Honduras in three months, highlighting the size of a trade that allegedly relies on corrupt officials and large landowners. 

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