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Bust Highlights El Salvador, Guatemala Criminal Cooperation

Bust Highlights El Salvador, Guatemala Criminal Cooperation

Authorities in Central America have dismantled a drug trafficking organization the stretched between Guatemala and El Salvador and was responsible for drugs that entered schools and a prison, with the investigation revealing a network of disparate... Read more

Guatemala Country Profile

Guatemala’s criminal organizations are 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.

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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

MS13

MS13

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

CIACS

CIACS

Guatemala's 40-year civil war laid the groundwork for many criminal organizations, including several that spawned... Read more

Sinaloa Cartel Guatemala

Sinaloa Cartel Guatemala

The Sinaloa Cartel, often described as the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization in... Read more

Zetas Guatemala

Zetas Guatemala

The Zetas, once the military wing of the Gulf Cartel, is now among one of... Read more

Lorenzanas

Lorenzanas

The Lorenzanas are a traditional contraband family, who, over time, became enmeshed in the lucrative... Read more

Mendozas

Mendozas

Based in Guatemala's northern-most province of Peten, the Mendozas mainly ran contraband before becoming one... Read more

Leones

Leones

The Leones, who operate along the Eastern border with Honduras and El Salvador, were car... Read more

Walther Overdick

Walther Overdick

Horst Walther Overdick, alias “El Tigre,” was one of the biggest drug traffickers in Guatemala.... Read more

Juan Chamale

Juan Chamale

Until his arrest in March 2011, Juan Alberto Ortiz Lopez, alias 'Juan Chamale,’ was ranked... Read more

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Mexico Homicides: Something Doesn't Add Up

Mexico Homicides: Something Doesn't Add Up

The government of Mexico's declarations of a dramatic reduction in homicides linked to organized crime does not correspond with the figures produced by the National System of Public Security. Someone is counting poorly.

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Will US Plea Deal With 'El Mayo's' Son Impact Sinaloa Leadership?

Will US Plea Deal With 'El Mayo's' Son Impact Sinaloa Leadership?

A US federal court has made public a controversial plea deal with the son of Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada that reveals details of the organization's operations and raises the question: who may...

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Peru Arrests Show Shining Path Political Wing Still Seen as Threat

Peru Arrests Show Shining Path Political Wing Still Seen as Threat

Authorities in Peru have arrested 28 people linked to the political wing of the Shining Path guerrillas on charges of terrorism, drug trafficking, and money laundering, in an escalation of the government's actions against the ostensibly...

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