Venezuela’s year-old "Zonas de Paz” (Peace Zones) initiative shows no sign of coming to an end, despite troubling reports of overwhelming violence, highlighting the government's ineffective response to the country’s grave security situation.

Maritime drug trafficking is reportedly on the rise

In her book Mares de Cocaina (Seas of Cocaine), author Ana Lilia Perez explores how and why maritime drug trafficking has become the most common form for Latin American criminal groups to transit cocaine internationally.

A former Venezuelan presidential security chief has accused the nation's National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello of drug trafficking, in just the latest event to heap pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, has won two court injunctions in Mexico hampering his possible extradition to the United States, suggesting a protracted legal battle lies ahead.

Honduras' military police force

Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez is calling for a popular referendum on whether to enshrine the nation's military police force in the constitution, effectively sidestepping congress' rejection of the same measure.

Armored vehicles sent to Tamaulipas

A report from a prominent think tank tackles the new security strategy in Tamaulipas, one of Mexico's perennially conflictive northern states. 

Omar Cruz, the mayor of Medellin de Bravo

A former police officer in Mexico’s Veracruz state has confessed to killing a journalist at the behest of a local mayor, which if true would add to a growing list of brazen acts of corruption at the municipal level.

Raul Mijango

El Salvador's gangs have reportedly committed to a new truce, which, if true, is apparently intended to show the government that the gangs exert major influence over the country's violence levels, and that their demands must be taken seriously. 

West Kingston, one of Jamaica's violence hotspots

Jamaica is to prosecute a gang leader under its new anti-gang law in the biggest test yet for the controversial legislation, which Jamaican authorities hope to use to rein in the island's powerful and violent street gangs.

Drugs seized in Puerto Rico

The White House's new strategy to confront drug trafficking in US Caribbean territory, the first federal plan of its kind, comes amid concerns over increased drug trafficking and gang violence in the region.