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Authorities in Argentina have seized over $13 million in black market merchandise during 2014, highlighting the operations of so-called "buyers' caravans" that bring contraband from Bolivia to supply the Buenos Aires market.

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The former director of Argentina's anti-drug agency has been accused of trafficking chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, in a case that shows the extent of criminal organizations' penetration of the state in a country of increasing importance to the transnational drug trade. 

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Authorities in Argentina have warned of possible money laundering by HSBC bank in a case involving Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company Shell -- the latest in a long line of accusations of the bank's involvement in financial crime.

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Authorities in Argentina have captured two Paraguayan brothers who built a cultivation-to-consumer marijuana empire from scratch, highlighting the spaces that exist for independent traffickers to operate in some parts of Latin America.

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Authorities in Argentina have said a 60 percent rise in murders in the city of Mendoza is linked to the drug trade, following a nationwide pattern of rising violence as transnational organized crime takes root and local criminal groups evolve.

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Authorities in Argentina have detected 1,400 unauthorized landing strips and are taking steps to eliminate them, showing concern over aerial drug trafficking through the country.

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Authorities in Argentina have frozen $100 million in assets belonging to a major property developer, in a money laundering case linked to Colombian drug lords that highlights the country's role in the financial side of the transnational drug trade.

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They have been labelled the most violent and dangerous fans in Latin America, if not the world. In Argentina, an organized network of fan-run gangs known as "barras bravas" exert power over soccer clubs across the country, aided by deep political links and making huge sums of money in the process.

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Three Argentina police officers arrested for their part in a cocaine trafficking ring linked to the Sinaloa Cartel were involved in a wide range of serious crimes, highlighting how corrupt law enforcement facilitates organized crime throughout the region and also has its own operations.

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Authorities in Mexico have confirmed the Sinaloa Cartel orchestrated a recently busted operation that exported liquid cocaine from Argentina, in a mark of both the group's international growth and the threat posed to the South American nation by foreign organized crime.

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