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The US government's declaration of war on the Cachiros drug trafficking gang has sent a message to Honduras' economic and political elites that no one is safe -- but will the strategy backfire?
Drug trafficker Sandra Avila Beltran, better known as Mexico's "Queen of the Pacific," will now face money laundering charges in Mexico following her quick release from US prison, alleviating fears she would walk free having served only a minimal sentence.
The United States has declared the end of Mexico's once mighty Tijuana Cartel following the sentencing of kingpin Eduardo Arellano Felix to 15 years in prison -- a claim that ignores the changing nature of the country's criminal dynamic.
In an attempt to placate US officials, Mexico has filed a provisional arrest warrant to facilitate the capture and extradition of former drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, a participant in the murder of a US anti-drug agent in the 1980s who was released early on a technicality earlier this month.
A former Mexican drug lord responsible for the 1985 murder of a US DEA agent has walked free on a technicality after serving just 28 years of his 40 year sentence, sparking outrage from US officials and raising questions over how this decision may affect US-Mexico relations.
Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla has suggested the scandal surrounding her use of a jet linked to a Colombian drug trafficking suspect could be revenge for her attempts to push legislation allowing for the extradition of suspected Costa Rican criminals.
In Honduras, two high-profile killings have raised the question of whether criminal actors are waging a war against the government, in protest of the possible extradition of Honduran nationals to the US.
Extradited Colombian paramilitary and drug trafficker Juan Carlos Sierra Ramirez, alias "El Tuso," has been released early for collaborating with US authorities, again raising questions about the effectiveness of extraditing the country's criminals to the United States.