Investigation and Analysis of Organized Crime

Rise in Targeted Kidnappings Cause for Concern in Mexico City

The kidnapping and murder of a university student has sparked broad concern about a rise in targeted kidnappings in Mexico City, and in particular the possible role of criminal group Las Pelonas in... Read more

Colombia Flooded with Black Market Cigarettes

US tobacco giant Philip Morris has shut down its two factories in Colombia partly because of...

Small Farmers Hurting in Mexico’s Poppy Growing Heartland

Tension is brewing among small farmers in a notorious poppy-growing region in Mexico over delivery...

Riots and Violence Overwhelm Venezuela's Police Stations

A new type of "pranato," or prison boss, is flourishing inside Venezuelan police stations, where...

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