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Is Nicaragua as Effective at Deterring Drug Trafficking as it Claims?

Is Nicaragua as Effective at Deterring Drug Trafficking as it Claims?

A top Nicaragua security official says a strategy known as the "wall of containment" has kept drug traffickers out, who instead flock to neighboring Honduras, a claim that seems questionable given the high levels of... Read more

Nicaragua Country Profile

Nicaragua has been spared much of the violence that has shaken its neighbors, and while the country does appear to host at least one transnational criminal organization, so far it has not seen the kind of gang wars affecting the Northern Triangle countries: Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

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Reñazcos

Reñazcos

Based primarily in Nicaragua's South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS), the Reñazco family is active primarily... Read more

Tarzanes

Tarzanes

This Nicaraguan drug trafficking group is linked to the Reyes Aragon family, headed by Augustin... Read more

Francisco Zeledon

Francisco Zeledon

Francisco, or Frank, Zeledon, runs a drug trafficking network from the city of Bluefields on... Read more

Amauri Carmona Morelos

Amauri Carmona Morelos

Originally from San Andres, Colombia, Carmona identifies himself as Alberto Ruiz Cano in Nicaragua. He... Read more

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Gulf Cartel Future Uncertain as Alleged Infighting Escalates in North Mexico

Gulf Cartel Future Uncertain as Alleged Infighting Escalates in North Mexico

A wave of violence in northern Mexico has been attributed to a bloody struggle for control of the Gulf Cartel, suggesting long running internal disputes and the loss of key leaders have led to a...

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Terrorism and Crime in the Americas – 'It's Business'

Terrorism and Crime in the Americas – 'It's Business'

In a statement given before the Organization of American States, InSight Crime's Steven Dudley discusses the reality of the links between global terrorist groups and Latin American organized crime, and some common political obstacles to...

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Convictions in Landmark Argentina Sex Trafficking Case Blow Against Impunity

Convictions in Landmark Argentina Sex Trafficking Case Blow Against Impunity

Ten people have been convicted in an iconic human trafficking case in Argentina that first put a human face to the widespread crime and now has struck a blow against the impunity that surrounds it.

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