Marllory Chacon Rossell

The US Bureau of Prisons has confirmed that the alleged leader of a huge Central American drug trafficking and money laundering network is being held in the US. Her likely collaboration with authorities could yet lead to significant revelations about ties between the region's social elites and organized crime.

Presidential candidate Luis Lacalle Pou

The two leading presidential candidates in Uruguay have expressed doubts about the country's landmark marijuana legalization law. Will the marijuana laws likely be scaled back, or is this simply politicking?

Not only have Rio de Janeiro’s violent militia groups dramatically expanded -- growing from just six communities in 2004 to 148 today -- they have also made their presence felt in the lead-up to this Sunday’s election.

Hondurans protest high levels of violence in the transportation sector

Public transport workers in Honduras called off a strike after the government agreed to new security measures to stem violence and extortion affecting bus drivers. However, other experiences around the region suggest that this move may not be enough.

The military personnel accused of stealing grenades

A group of military officials charged with stealing weapons from stockpiles have received a slap on the wrist for their offense, suggesting there's a troubling level of impunity for military personnel when it comes to arms trafficking cases. 

Marcos "Marquitos" Figueroa

Police have captured the most wanted man in northeast Colombia, "Marquitos" Figueroa, a blow against a criminal network that not only controls gasoline smuggling and drug trafficking routes but has also deeply infiltrated local politics.

Iguala mayor Jose Luis Abarca Velazquez and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa

Authorities in Mexico have accused the former mayor of Iguala of ordering the attack against 43 students who went missing in the state of Guerrero, another revelation regarding the depth of official collusion with organized crime in the region.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez speaking before the OAS

A report from Guatemala's National Commission for Drug Policy Reform falls short of making recommendations that would propel the country back to the forefront in the regional push for reform, where it once stood.

The warehouse in Tlatlaya where the massacre took place

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has determined that the army summarily executed 15 of the 22 suspects killed in a warehouse in June this year, confirming another case of grave human rights abuse by the security forces, a month after the disappearance of 43 students.

Paraguay's drug czar, Luis Rojas

Paraguay's anti-drug chief has expressed concern over traffickers' ties to officials -- a phenomenon that may be inevitable given the importance of the marijuana trade to the country's economy -- and suggested regulated marijuana production as an alternative approach to tackling organized crime.