Latin America witnessed a criminal boom in illegal mining in 2016, and a rise of complementary illicit activities, as organized crime recognized the potential of illegal gold can rival the cocaine trade.
Welcome to InSight Crime's GameChangers 2016, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas. This year we put a spotlight on crime and corruption among the region's political elites, while reporting on government struggles to corral criminality fueled by street gangs, drug cartels and Marxist rebels alike.
Paraguayan authorities arrested six individuals linked to the Sinaloa Cartel for allegedly attempting to set up a cocaine trafficking scheme from Colombia to Europe, in what appears a confirmation of the crime group's intention to exploit Paraguay as a drug transshipment point.
A recent spike in violence in Juárez has security analysts seeking explanations for the increase and worrying about whether another cartel war can be avoided.