The land where the marijuana was planted

Chile is now the first country in Latin America to cultivate marijuana for strictly medical purposes, in what could represent the first step towards liberalizing the country’s drug laws.

El Salvador gang members learning to farm

A new initiative is teaching gang members in El Salvador vocational skills like farming and carpentry work, in an encouraging sign of government efforts to rehabilitate gang members rather than relying solely on repressive measures to address crime. 

The cocaine seized in the October operation

The latest arrests of high-ranking police officials point to a troubling pattern of official corruption that could be fueling Ecuador's status as a drug transit nation. 

Salvadoran Attorney General Luis Martinez

Investigators are close to finishing their probe into whether the negotiators of the country's failed gang truce broke any laws, according to El Salvador's attorney general. However, taking down the people behind the truce will not solve the new government's security dilemma.

Juving Suazo, the second Honduran to be extradited

Honduras has completed its second extradition of an alleged drug trafficker to the United States, but as the country's relatively new extradition process picks up pace there are signs that criminals are already working out how to best use it to their advantage.

Knights Templar leader "La Tuta" enjoys the media spotlight

The head of Mexican criminal group the Knights Templar, "La Tuta," has vowed to "fight to the end" in a defiant rant released at a time when staying quiet and rebuilding his forces may actually be the better option for the beseiged gang.

Street gangs in Cuba tax male prostitutes

A report on street gangs in Cuba paints a picture of their limited but active presence in capital city Havana and their involvement in the island nation's thriving prostitution industry.

22.4 million Mexicans told the Envipe that they had been victims of a crime in the past year

Mexico’s declining murder rate counts as a major accomplishment for President Enrique Peña Nieto, but the nation’s annual victimization survey indicates that the country remains beset by violent crime.

The slain leader of the 5th of March collective, middle

Venezuela's interior minister has been replaced, leading some to question whether it may have been due to pressure from a militant collective in Caracas that blamed him for a recent police operation resulting in the death of its leader.

Police record another clandestine grave in Guerrero

With more than 150 bodies reportedly found in clandestine graves and 240 people missing thus far this year in Guerrero, Mexico, it is clear the southwest Pacific state has turned into a hotbed for criminal activity, thanks to a potent mix of criminal gangs and official corruption.