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Is the US Kingpin Act a useful tool to combat organized crime?
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US Congressional Hearing Renews Debate on Efficacy of ‘Kingpin List’

A recent US congressional hearing on the effectiveness of financially sanctioning criminal organizations illustrated some of the flaws in the practice and also...
Mexico is struggling to combat money laundering
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Mexico Still Struggling to Combat Money Laundering: Reports

Several recent government reports show that Mexico continues to struggle with combating money laundering, a longstanding problem exacerbated by a lack of political...
Alias "Camilo"
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Tell-All Interview Exposes Details of Colombia’s Cocaine Trade

A Colombian drug trafficker offered juicy details on his work during a remarkable interview that provides a panoramic view of Colombia's drug trade....
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos announces the country's largest-ever contraband sting
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Sinaloa Cartel Drug Money Behind Colombia’s Biggest-Ever Contraband Sting

Merchandise seized during Colombia's largest-ever anti-contraband operation was allegedly linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, an apparent illustration of the importance...
Nidal Waked
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US Secures Confession in Panama Waked Money Laundering Case

The Waked money laundering investigation that has rocked the Panamanian establishment has recorded its first successful prosecution, but US authorities remain some...
Eugenio Hernández Flores
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Will Latest Ex-Governor Captured in Mexico Face Extradition?

Authorities in Mexico have arrested a former governor of the embattled state of Tamaulipas on charges of embezzlement and misuse of public funds. His capture raises...
Mexico Supreme Court pushes back against 'Kingpin List'
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Mexico Supreme Court Ruling Pushes Back Against US ‘Kingpin List’

Mexico's Supreme Court has declared it unconstitutional to freeze the bank accounts of organized crime suspects without sufficient evidence of wrongdoing, a seeming...
José Bayron Piedrahita Ceballos is suspected of being a major money launderer
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Colombia Trafficker Tied to International Corruption, Money Laundering

An investigation with ramifications across the Americas has culminated in the arrest of an old-school Colombian drug trafficker who managed to adapt to major...
Is a Nicaraguan company laundering money for the FARC?
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Allegations of Venezuela, Nicaragua Complicity in FARC Money Laundering Resurface

Recent testimony before the US Senate revived allegations that a Venezuela-owned company in Nicaragua may have laundered money for Colombia's demobilizing FARC...
Cyber crime is big business in Latin America
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The Connected Black Market: How the Dark Web Has Empowered LatAm Organized Crime

The global proliferation of internet access has transformed societies, enabling online and financial inclusion in the developing world. But it has also empowered...
Europol report tackles money laundering
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EU Money Laundering Analysis Offers Lessons for Latin America

A new report by the European police agency Europol examines why so much suspect financial activity results in so few money laundering prosecutions, and offers...
Mexico may be facing the largest embezzlement scandal in its history
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Mexico’s $400 Million Swindle: An Interview With Animal Político’s Tania Montalvo

More than $430 million of misused federal funds, 128 fictitious or irregular companies and 50 government officials. They all form part of a huge embezzlement...