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400 Arrests This Year as Honduras Cracks Down on Extortion

400 Arrests This Year as Honduras Cracks Down on Extortion

Data released by a special Honduras police unit formed to combat extortion indicates the country is making progress against an illegal industry responsible for many deaths and massive economic losses.

El Salvador's MS13 Gang Sought Big Guns in Mexico, Guatemala

El Salvador's MS13 Gang Sought Big Guns in Mexico, Guatemala

Prosecutors in El Salvador have filed court documents alleging that MS13 leaders sought to arm an "elite unit" of the gang with high-powered weapons purchased in Mexico and Guatemala, an indication that the group's transnational connections contribute to its domestic clout.

El Salvador Gang Raid Nets Documenter of Alleged Police Abuses

El Salvador Gang Raid Nets Documenter of Alleged Police Abuses

A massive roundup of high ranking MS13 gang members by El Salvador authorities targeting the financial structure of the gang also netted a self proclaimed activist and former gang member whose human rights work documenting alleged police abuses has many questioning the prosecution’s motives.

Case Against El Salvador’s MS13 Reveals State Role in Gang’s Growth

Case Against El Salvador’s MS13 Reveals State Role in Gang’s Growth

A massive operation that has bared the finances of El Salvador’s Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) gang offers compelling evidence of a long suspected theory: government benefits extended to the country’s gang leaders in connection with a 2012-2013 truce were used to strengthen their criminal organizations. 

El Salvador Authorities Expose Financial Interests of MS13 Leaders

El Salvador Authorities Expose Financial Interests of MS13 Leaders

One of the largest operations ever launched against El Salvador's MS13 gang confirmed what has long been suspected -- the gang's leadership maintain extensive and sophisticated financial networks that extend far beyond the violence plagued barrios controlled by their rank and file members.