Investigation and Analysis of Organized Crime

Can Anyone Stop Brazil’s PCC?

Brazil’s biggest gang has expanded across the region. Confronting them head-on might just make the problem worse.... Read more

Colombia, Ecuador Boost Security Cooperation Amid Border Violence

The governments of Colombia and Ecuador have agreed to ramp up security cooperation along their...

Is Mexico’s CJNG Following in the Footsteps of the Zetas?

The alleged abduction and murder of federal agents in Mexico by the Jalisco Cartel New Generation...

After Scandal, El Salvador Police Trade One Elite Unit for Another

Two months after a scandal over the abduction of a police officer by members of her own elite unit,...

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The Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) is one of the world’s largest and arguably most violent street gangs. After relatively humble beginnings in Los Angeles in the 1980s, it has spread to more than a... Read more
Dany Balmore Romero García was sitting in class at a vocational college in El Salvador when he got a message from a friend. On the news, they were saying the US Treasury Department had included him... Read more
On December 13, 2015, MS13 gang leader Edwin Mancía Flores, alias “Shugar,” made a phone call from a prison in El Salvador. On the other end of the line was José Martínez Castro, alias... Read more
There is a telling section in the indictment of alleged MS13 members filed by El Salvador's Attorney General’s Office as part of Operation Jaque. It comes on page 223 of the 1,355-page accusation... Read more
On June 23, 2015, Jaime Alexander Monge and Larry Jesus Navarete were talking on the phone. Monge was in Arkansas. Navarete was in the California state penitentiary system. The two were talking about... Read more

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