Investigation and Analysis of Organized Crime

Argentina Strike Sheds Light on Union’s ‘Mafia Style’ Operations

An upcoming strike of the largest union conglomerate in Argentina is shedding light on labor groups’ criminal relationships and “mafia style” operations, as a cat-and-mouse game unfolds between... Read more

New Evidence in Landmark Case Suggests Argentina Judge Ran Drug Ring

A federal judge in Argentina who was once lauded for his anti-narcotic efforts is facing charges...

Brazil Officials Propose Expanding Military Role in ‘War’ on Crime

Several top officials in Brazil have floated the idea of expanding the use of federal military...

Colombia Asset Seizures Raise Doubts About FARC Peace Deal Compliance

Authorities in Colombia have seized properties linked to the FARC guerrilla group whose estimated...

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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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