The number of investigations into transportation company managers accused of collaborating with extortion rings has more than doubled in north Peru's Lambayeque region since last year, say prosecutors, bringing to light a lesser-known aspect of a well-documented regional criminal activity.
A drug trafficker's description of the economics of selling Peruvian cocaine inside Bolivia may feed speculation over just how much of Bolivia's cocaine is produced inside the country, and how much actually originates from abroad.
Peruvian authorities have praised the outcome of a police operation carried out in late April, which saw the seizure of tens of millions of dollars worth of cash and property reportedly linked to guerrilla organization the Shining Path.
Peruvian authorities have arrested 16 suspects who allegedly worked for a criminal gang dedicated to forced displacement and land theft outside Lima, highlighting a crime that is a growing concern in Peru and parallelling problems in other parts of Latin America.
A new United Nations report into the use and sale of cocaine base in Peru traces the rise of a drug that has blighted communities around South America, but has become a boon to drug traffickers and criminal groups.
Violent clashes between coca growers and police in central Peru have left at least seven people injured as tensions mount over President Ollanta Humala's policy of expanding coca eradication.
Four people have been indicted by a US federal grand jury for the illegal trafficking of Peruvian artifacts, in the most recent case exposing the lucrative black market trade that is worth billions.
A convicted drug trafficker has accused Peru's previous government of selling reductions in prison sentences, as the controversy over the Alan Garcia administration's presidential pardons and sentence commutations deepens.
Former President of Peru Alan Garcia granted 400 presidential pardons for convicted drug traffickers during his second term in office in a controversial policy that has provoked political debate over Garcia's security policies.
The Peruvian government has reinstated a military draft in order to counter a shortfall of 30,000 personnel, as the country militarizes its fight against drug traffickers and Shining Path guerrillas.