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Councilmen from Michoacan have recounted life under a mayor who was in cahoots with Mexico's Knights Templar criminal organization, exemplifying how corruption and criminal control of local politicians works in practice.
A newly released index ranking the countries where journalists' murders are most likely to go unpunished names three Latin American countries in the list of worst offenders, as regional moves to counter the problem have yet to yield results.
Drones are gaining popularity in Latin American surveillance due to their technological advantages, but their use currently lacks a legal framework. While people commonly associate drones with extrajudicial killings, in this region unregulated use raises a different set of issues regarding human rights and sovereignty.
Authorities in Mexico have captured a man described as the second in command of the Beltran Leyva Organization, signaling the government's continued pursuit of cartel decapitation and undermining rumors the administration favors the BLO.
A new report examines the clamor over insecurity and the government's insufficient response in Mexico's largest state, and finds that reality and security priorities do not always overlap.
A vigilante leader in Mexico's Michoacan state has promised the groups will disarm by May 10, but details about what their agreement with the government entails are hazy, and it remains to be seen whether rival factions will even comply.
Police in Colombia have arrested an operative from Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel who was attempting to buy cocaine laboratories from Colombia’s FARC rebels, in another sign the cartel is extending its reach further down the drug supply chain.
Authorities in Mexico have seized a record 10,000 ton haul of illegal timber worth more than $1 million, another indication of the wide range of illicit activities undertaken by criminal organizations to increase revenue streams.
The release of Rafael Caro Quintero from a Mexican prison in August 2013 was a blow to US-Mexico relations, the reputation of the Mexican justice system, and the drug war.
A US federal court has made public a controversial plea deal with the son of Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada that reveals details of the organization's operations and raises the question: who may the extradited narco give up in exchange for a reduced sentence?