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El Salvador's gangs have been declared terrorist organizations
El Salvador's top court has reclassified the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and Barrio 18 street gangs as... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

El Salvador Supreme Court Labels Street Gangs as Terrorist Groups

Smuggling is booming on the Uruguay-Brazil border
Customs authorities in Uruguay have seized over two tons of contraband chicken as part of a... ReadLeer
/ Brazil

Uruguay Takes On Multi-Million Dollar Chicken Smuggling Trade

Heroin cultivation in Colombia is rising
The seizure of a heroin shipment linked to Colombia's most powerful criminal group, the Urabeños,... ReadLeer
/ Colombia

Are More Seizures and Crops Sign of Colombia Heroin Revival?

Rony Ortiz escorted by Guatemalan police
Guatemala authorities have captured the alleged heir to one of the nation's preeminent drug... ReadLeer
/ Guatemala

Guatemala Captures Brother of ‘Heroin King’

Roxana Baldetti and Otto Perez Molina
Guatemala is in upheaval: former vice president Roxana Baldetti is behind bars; President Otto... ReadLeer
/ Elites and Organized Crime

5 Reasons Why Guatemala is in Upheaval Now

Brazil's Supreme Court
Brazil's Supreme Court has begun discussing the potential decriminalization of personal drug use,... ReadLeer
/ Brazil

Brazil Considers Drug Decriminalization

A recent prison massacre in El Salvador is indicative of the government's problematic response to... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

14 Dead in El Salvador Prison Massacre

The United States has deported former cocaine kingpin Beaudouin "Jacques" Ketant back to... ReadLeer
/ Caribbean

US Deports Former Haiti Cocaine Kingpin

FARC negotiator "Ivan Marquez"
Colombia's FARC guerrillas are to extend their unilateral ceasefire, an encouraging sign for the... ReadLeer
/ Colombia

What Colombia Peace Process Means for Military’s Future

Peru's military on a landing strip
Peru's Congress has unanimously passed legislation that authorizes the military to shoot down... ReadLeer
/ Peru

Peru Revives Controversial Drug Plane Shoot-Down Law

Guatemala's top prosecutors say that President Otto Perez Molina was involved in a massive customs... ReadLeer

Guatemala ex-VP Arrested, President Implicated in Scandal

Venezuela closes down the border with Colombia
Venezuela has deployed troops to its border and called for crisis talks with Colombia after an... ReadLeer
/ Colombia

Armed Groups and Contraband Smugglers Spark Colombia-Venezuela Border Crisis