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Since the end of El Salvador's civil war, the country's police has become a key player in the underworld. This series of five articles explore the dark ties between criminal organizations and the government's foremost crime fighting institution. 


El Salvador News

El Salvador Military Arms Trafficking Probe Reaches Top Officials

El Salvador Military Arms Trafficking Probe Reaches Top Officials

Investigations into alleged arms trafficking by members of El Salvador's military have now reached the top, with a former defense minister, and an ex-vice defense minister and police and intelligence chief among those under investigation... Read more

El Salvador Country Profile

El Salvador is a relatively small but growing player in the drug trafficking business, serving as a recipient and storage point along the Pacific Coast, and a bridge via the Pan-American Highway, the Fonseca Gulf, and small roads from Honduras that cut across the relatively unpopulated mountains.

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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

Texis Cartel

Texis Cartel

Unlike some Central American gangs that have earned fame for their brutality and their liberal... Read more

Perrones

Perrones

The Perrones are El Salvador’s most infamous transportation group. Made up of a mix of... Read more

Chepe Luna

Chepe Luna

Once the most powerful boss of the Perrones "transportista" syndicate, Jose Natividad Luna Pereira, alias... Read more

Chepe Diablo

Chepe Diablo

Jose Adan Salazar Umaña does not fit the profile of a criminal leader. As the... Read more

Reynerio Flores Lazo

Reynerio Flores Lazo

While Reynerio Flores may still be under house arrest, he remains one of the most... Read more

'El Barney'

'El Barney'

Moris Alexander Bercian Manchon, alias "El Barney," is one of six Salvadoran MS-13 members sanctioned... Read more

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