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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 violence and reports of organized crime activity along the country's Atlantic coast.
The United States has ended the sharing of intelligence from anti-narcotics radars with Honduras in a predictable response to Honduras passing a law permitting the shooting down of drug planes.
Counter-narcotics police in Honduras said a cocaine-processing laboratory discovered in the west of the country in February was used for reducing cocaine purity, not processing the drug, injecting doubt into previous reports about the presence of cocaine-processing labs in the country.
Authorities in Honduras have arrested a drug trafficker with connections to Colombia who is first in line for extradition to the United States under the country's 2012 extradition law, in a case that will test the new government's commitment to this justice strategy.
The chief of Honduras' military police force has outlined plans to double the number of officers on the streets of violence-torn San Pedro Sula, though the problem of how to attack the underlying causes of criminality remains unaddressed.
Officials from the United States and Honduras claim drug flights through the country are down 80 percent, but these statements should be approached cautiously as they have yet to provide any hard evidence of such dramatic success in tackling trafficking through the country.
Heavily armed pirates have been hijacking shrimp catches along Mexico's Pacific Coast, perhaps the work of cartel gunmen with time on their hands, or a sign of an interruption in cocaine shipments.
A documentary by indigenous communities in Panama has cast light on the catastrophic effect of illegal logging and ranching on the country's rainforest, in another example of the impact of criminal activity on rural communities and the environment.
Honduran authorities have reported the first ever discovery of an opium plantation in the country, a new milestone marking the country's ever-growing role in the international drug trade.
A high-level security official in Honduras has blamed recent massacres in San Pedro Sula on the capture of Sinaloa Cartel chief Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, but the spate of violence is more likely linked to the city's status as a strategic operational hub for international criminal organizations.