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Guatemala Drug Thief Holds on to His (Stolen) Assets

Guatemala Drug Thief Holds on to His (Stolen) Assets

More than four months after capturing top drug trafficker Jairo Orellana Morales, Guatemala still hasn't been able to seize his property, an indication of the challenges that the authorities face when attempting to confiscate criminals' assets. As elPeriodico reported, officials said they had identified 16 properties in Guatemala belonging to Orellana, a notorious trafficker whose tendency to steal cocaine shipments from... 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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