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Drug trafficking groups from Honduras are reportedly fueling violence in Nicaragua's Atlantic region through their involvement in the hijacking of drug shipments, in another sign Honduran organizations are emerging as a transnational threat.
After a two decade long hiatus, gang truces are back in vogue in the Americas. Very generally, truces usually include negotiations and pacts intended to bring about an end to violence. They are typically brokered by an eclectic cast of characters -- from government officials and aid workers to faith-based groups and active and ex-gang members. And while truces are generating considerable attention in the global media, the evidence base about what they really accomplish is surprisingly thin.
Honduras' new president-elect has vowed to enforce hardline security policies to combat drug trafficking and gang activity in the region's most violent country, but his ability to deliver may be hampered by a weak political mandate after the election results were challenged.
What is the last thing a violence-wracked, corrupt Central American nation needs as it seeks to fight transnational organized crime: contested presidential elections. Welcome to Honduras.
A government minister from Honduras has stated that Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman could be living in the country, where geography, corruption and crime provide the ideal conditions for a drug lord hideout.
The story connecting Mexico's infamous Guadalajara Cartel to the United States' top spy agency in the 1980s is not fiction, even if the assertion that the agency helped kill a US drug agent probably is. A look at the publicly available documents shows that the US worked closely with at least one member of the cartel, but that it was not the infamous Mexican intellectual author of the murder.
A revealing interview with Honduras' police chief has illustrated the bind the United States finds itself in when fighting the drug trade in collaboration with Latin American governments and institutions, where corruption is endemic.
Following the arrest of a previously little known gang leader in Honduras, evidence has emerged of his role as one of the country's most important traffickers, indicating the rise of home-grown crime syndicates in the world's most violent country.
Presidential candidates in Honduras' upcoming elections have laid out their planned security policies for the violence ravaged country, although it remains to be seen whether any candidate is capable of effectively addressing the nation's critical and deeply ingrained problems.
Seven out of ten extortion cases in Honduras are carried out by common criminals pretending to be from gangs, according to the authorities, showing how the sense of insecurity created by the proliferation of corruption and organized crime itself fuels further criminality.