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US Reverses Course in CentAm with Heavy-Handed 'Drug War' Approach

US Reverses Course in CentAm with Heavy-Handed 'Drug War' Approach

In a meeting held with the presidents of the Northern Triangle countries of Central America last week in Miami, the administration of US President Donald Trump reiterated that henceforth the focus of bilateral relations will be prioritizing heavy-handed approaches to the so-called "drug war" and illegal migration to the United States stemming from the region, with little significance being given to the allocation of development funds. 

US Extradition Request Depicts Deep Ties between Guatemala Ex-VP and Zetas

US Extradition Request Depicts Deep Ties between Guatemala Ex-VP and Zetas

The US extradition request for Guatemala's former vice president Roxana Baldetti offers new details on her drug trafficking connections, linking her to the Mexican cartel the Zetas. The new revelations highlight the nature of the mafia state she helped oversee.

Guatemala Mayor's Brother Tied to Major El Salvador Cocaine Seizure

Guatemala Mayor's Brother Tied to Major El Salvador Cocaine Seizure

Authorities in El Salvador have intercepted a cocaine shipment with alleged ties to political elites in Guatemala, further indicating how corruption and political protection are helping to fuel drug trafficking operations in Central America.

Guatemala VP Controlled, Influenced Media: Witness

Guatemala VP Controlled, Influenced Media: Witness

A former vice president of Guatemala allegedly used her majority stake in two newspapers to try to influence their coverage of her administration, a stark reminder of the way in which direct control over media forms part of many political strategies.

Weekly InSight: Latin America's Prison Dilemma

Weekly InSight: Latin America's Prison Dilemma

In our June 1 Facebook Live, co-directors Steven Dudley and Jeremy McDermott spoke about InSight Crime’s special investigation of prisons and their often overlooked impact on organized crime in the region.

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.