Investigation and Analysis of Organized Crime

US Life Sentence for Honduras Partner of ‘El Chapo’ Sets Precedent

A US court handed down a life sentence to a Honduran drug trafficker linked to the Sinaloa Cartel -- just the second time that a life term in prison has been given to a Honduran... Read more

Costa Rica Arrests Point to Security Forces' Growing Drug Trade Ties

Authorities in Costa Rica have arrested several members of a drug trafficking network led by former...

Trump Doubles Down on Inaccurate Link Between MS13, Immigration

US President Donald Trump is doubling down on his administration’s rhetorical campaign against...

Colombia Dismantles Underground Drug Lab Linked to Ex-FARC Mafia

Authorities in Colombia have dismantled a subterranean cocaine hydrochloride-producing laboratory...

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José Luis Merino is one of the most powerful figures in El Salvador’s governing political party and played a key role in the founding of ALBA Petróleos, a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned... Read more
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Drug traffickers have a problem exporting drugs from Venezuela. There are few commercial flights, little container shipping, no tourists and a collapsed fishing sector. But the Dominican... Read more
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On the morning of Sunday, June 28, 2009, Honduran soldiers burst into the presidential palace in the country’s capital, Tegucigalpa, rustled President Manuel Zelaya from his bed, and took away... Read more
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Colombia and Venezuela have shared criminal dynamics for decades. Colombia has pushed cocaine through Venezuela on its journey to US and European markets, while Venezuela’s... Read more
In May 2011, a 26-year-old prison gang leader held 4,000 members of the Venezuelan security forces, backed by tanks and helicopters, at bay for weeks. Humiliated nationally and internationally, it... Read more

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