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Arrest of Alleged Cartel Operative Shows Mexico Drug Interests in Spain

Arrest of Alleged Cartel Operative Shows Mexico Drug Interests in Spain

An investigation by Spanish authorities has uncovered an alleged cocaine trafficking network headed by a Mexican citizen linked to several different drug cartels, shedding light on the "franchise model" Mexican crime groups use to traffic drugs to Europe.

Is the Northern Triangle's 'Historic' Security Pact Short-Sighted?

Is the Northern Triangle's 'Historic' Security Pact Short-Sighted?

Presidents of Central America's Northern Triangle have come to an agreement to create a "common front" against organized crime, but the emphasis on gang activity may leave a lot to be desired.

A Bomb Explodes, a Gang Purges Its Own, Guatemala Scratches Its Head

A Bomb Explodes, a Gang Purges Its Own, Guatemala Scratches Its Head

When a small explosive device was detonated remotely in a bus in Guatemala this past March, authorities were alarmed. Then gang leaders apologized and purged the perpetrators, leaving authorities confused.

Northern Triangle Policing Pact Limits Focus to Gangs

Northern Triangle Policing Pact Limits Focus to Gangs

The three countries of Central America’s “Northern Triangle” have agreed to cooperate on fighting the regional threat posed by gangs, but it remains to be seen whether this cooperation will extend to combating other types of organized crime. 

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.

The Zetas, Mexico’s most feared and violent criminal organization, have moved operations to Guatemala, penetrating local police forces and the military. They have made alliances with locals that permit them to launder their proceeds through agribusiness and public works contracts. They have also introduced a new way of operating. Beyond controlling the distribution chains and infrastructure needed to run the day-to-day operations, the Zetas are focused on controlling territory. In this they are the experts, creating a ruthless and intimidating force that is willing to take the fight to a new, often macabre level.