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.
Two expert analysts explain how Guatemala's criminal networks have penetrated the state, and shed light on the ways in which these networks can be combatted and eliminated. Read More
Authorities in Guatemala have arrested the head of the country's social security agency, a man with close ties to President Otto Perez Molina, in the latest corruption scandal to threaten the presidency. Read More
Authorities in Guatemala have captured a man described as the country's most wanted fugitive, known as the "Poppy King" for his reported prolific opium poppy production. However, it is unclear how -- and if -- this will affect the region's increasingly profitable heroin networks. Read More
In her first public remarks in three weeks, former Guatemala Vice President Roxana Baldetti has denied involvement in the corruption scandal that forced her resignation. Meanwhile, the ongoing investigation into the scandal looks increasingly as though it may involve judicial corruption. Read More
A US appeals court has overturned a conviction and ordered a retrial for US citizens accused of laundering drug profits for Mexico's Zetas through racehorses, in a case that illustrates the challenges in breaking down transnational money laundering networks. Read More