FARC guerrillas

The US government has blacklisted members of Colombia's FARC for running a drug trafficking and money laundering network in Switzerland, a move that may complicate the rebel army's ongoing peace negotiations with the government. 

A view from the Colombian side of the closed border with Venezuela

Speculation has emerged that Venezuela's unilateral shutdown of its border with Colombia is intended to discourage the extradition of two suspected drug traffickers linked to Venezuelan security forces, raising the possibility the "Cartel of the Suns" is behind the border closure.

Jamaica is home to powerful street gangs

Jamaica has suffered a sharp uptick in murders this year, raising fears that a shift in the island nation’s criminal dynamics is to blame.

Alfredo Moreno Molina (center)

An investigation into the customs fraud network known as "La Linea" has implicated Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina and led to the arrest of former Vice President Roxana Baldetti. But corruption within the country's customs offices stretches as far back as the 1970s.

Honduras' Congress may reclassify gangs as terrorists

Lawmakers in Honduras are considering copying a recent decision by authorities in El Salvador to label gangs as terrorist groups, raising questions about what such a move would actually accomplish in the ongoing fight against gang violence in this Central American nation.

On August 19, following an attack that left three military wounded and which the government attributed to paramilitaries, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closing of the border with Colombia in the frontier state of Tachira for 72 hours. "Enough of this terrorism, of paramilitarism, of these attacks on the dignity of the people of Tachira!" said Maduro.

Although the walls are closing in on Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina, due to new revelations of his involvement in a massive corruption case, he may yet avoid prison. 

According to one source, the violent incident that prompted Venezuela to close its border with Colombia did not involve contraband smugglers as originally reported, but corrupt members of Venezuelan security forces participating in a botched drug smuggling operation.  

A member of the MS13 gang

Score-settling between members of the same gang within prisons in Honduras is an old and recurring practice. The jails of this Central American country have been soaked in the blood of gang members for 16 years.

El Salvador's gangs have been declared terrorist organizations

El Salvador's top court has reclassified the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and Barrio 18 street gangs as terrorist organizations, in what appears to be an official declaration of war and a green light for the further militarization of domestic security.