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US 'Kingpin' Designation Exposes Sinaloa Cartel Head in Central America

US 'Kingpin' Designation Exposes Sinaloa Cartel Head in Central America

The United States Treasury Department added arguably the largest drug trafficker in Central America to its kingpin list in December, as the ripple effect of a series of arrests in the region reverberates to the highest echelons of the underworld. Read More

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Guatemala's criminal organizations are among the most sophisticated and dangerous in Central America. Some of them have been in operation for decades. They include former members of the military, intelligence agencies and active members of the police. Transporting illegal drugs north comprises the bulk of their activity, but organized crime in Guatemala is also involved in marijuana and poppy cultivation, as well as human trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, money laundering, arms smuggling, adoption rings, eco trafficking and other illegal enterprises. They often work with groups from Mexico, Colombia and other Central American nations and they have the potential to expand and command other Central American nations' underworlds.

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  • US 'Kingpin' Designation Exposes Sinaloa Cartel Head in Central America

    US Treasury designates Gastelum Serrano network 'kingpins'

    The United States Treasury Department added arguably the largest drug trafficker in Central America to its kingpin list in December, as the ripple effect of a series of arrests in the region reverberates to the highest echelons of the underworld.

  • Three Traffickers, Jailed in Miami, are a Pandora's Box for Guatemala

    Chacon's alleged money laundering structure

    The US justice system has proved, once again, that it has long arms. Between 2013 and 2014, it captured Hayron Eduardo Borrayo Lasmibat and Marllory Dadiana Chacon Rossell, both Guatemalan nationals, as well as the Colombian Cesar Barrera. 

  • Latin America Organized Crime: What to Expect in 2015

    A member of the Barrio 18 gang

    Latin America is the most dangerous region in the world in terms of homicides and 2015 is unlikely to see any change in that. Below we list seven of the nations we believe are the most vulnerable to transnational organized crime in 2015.

  • The Challenges for Giuliani's Security Strategy in Guatemala

    Former mayor Giuliani in Guatemala

    Guatemala's private sector has hired former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani to come up with a security plan to fight crime and violence, which is generating both skepticism and optimism in the Central American country.

  • Can New York Mayor Giuliani Save Guatemala?

    Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani (center) with Guatemalan government officials

    Fifteen years ago, a European diplomat said that Guatemala was "over-diagnosed." Everyone knew what needed to be done. The problem was that nobody was doing it. 

    This year, at Guatemala's national business meeting (known as Enade), think-tank the Guatemala Development Foundation (Fundesa) proposed applying the strategies that had saved New York from its 1990s crime wave to Guatemala. The proposal, which involves cooperation between the private sector, civil society, and the government, is generating skepticism in some and optimism in others.

  • Report Finds Gaps in Guatemala State Contract Database

    Members of Citizen Action presenting the report

    A report on Guatemala's registry of state contracts has identified several major issues that have dampened the effectiveness of what could be a powerful tool to fight corruption through improved transparency. 

  • US Security Initiative Faces Political Obstacles in Northern Triangle

    US President Barack Obama with "Northern Triangle" presidents

    A new report claims the lack of a comprehensive strategy has limited the effectiveness of US security initiative CARSI in Central America's "Northern Triangle," highlighting how divergent political interests can undermine bilateral security assistance programs.

  • Top 5 Heists by Security Forces in Latin America

    A container with cash stolen by police in Honduras

    From stealing chickens to hiding millions discovered in remote jungles, security forces in Latin America have been involved in a number of high-profile thefts. InSight Crime counts down the top heists committed by police and military in the region.

  • What USAID Impact Study Says about CentAm Community Crime Prevention

    A USAID youth training center in El Salvador

    A quantitative assessment of USAID’s community crime prevention work in Central America suggests that these programs have a significant positive impact on citizen security -- some of the first empirical evidence supporting such strategies, though plenty of questions remain about how to make these results sustainable.

  • The Hidden Dimensions of Extortion in Guatemala

    Guatemalan bus drivers suffer from extortion

    Massive underreporting of extortion in Guatemala makes it difficult to gauge the scope of the crime, according to a policy research agency, but one thing is clear: it has become a huge source of trouble for the population.