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Gulf of Mexico Oil Industry Reeling From Hundreds of Pirate Attacks in 2019

...sizeable private investments in Mexico’s energy industry at risk. According to Fox News, the opening-up of Mexico’s oil industry to private investment has been too tempting for criminal gangs...

Airport Heist Shows Growing Audacity of Brazil’s Cargo Thieves

...trucks have made up the majority of cases, a small sector of highly organized thieves has launched increasingly audacious attacks in recent years, targeting private security companies specializing in...

Marcelo Fernando Pinheiro Veiga, alias “Piloto”

...authorities. Piloto is believed to have provided the logistical support for a large-scale assault on the private security agency Prosegur, an event carried out by rival group, the First...

Guyana’s Mining Region is Open Door to Venezuelan Organized Crime

...Unable to rely on state protection, the Guyanese mine owners are resorting to arming themselves through private security contractors. “These are like Guyanese mercenaries with big weaponry, trying to...

Ecuador: A Cocaine Superhighway to the US and Europe

...Correa’s domestic policies also created space for drug trafficking to flourish. He politicized the judiciary, using it as a tool to take down opponents. He also directed the security...

Record Seizures of Cocaine Expose Severe Flaws at Uruguay’s Main Airport

...Over the past year, repeated allegations of weak security and customs checks at Uruguay’s main international airport in Montevideo have showcased its important role in the trafficking of drugs...

Brazil’s Risky Bet on Tech to Fight Crime

...already underway in Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza and Santa Catarina. Brazil is far from the only Latin American country jumping on the security-tech bandwagon. Across the region governments, police...

The Ghost Lives the High Life in Madrid

...security guard, was surrounded by a private golf course, with no way to peer over fences or take pictures with long lenses. I presented myself at the entrance and...

PCC Suspected in Journalist’s Killing on Brazil-Paraguay Border

...leaves accompanied by private security. SEE ALSO: Impunity Persists in LatAm Cases of Murdered Journalists “There is a lot of fear, reporters are taking [Veras’ death] as if it...

The DEA Academy: The Double Agent Factory

...continue to work high up in security institutions, both within state authorities and the private sector. Note: This column is based on first-hand information from a confidential source involved...

Criminal Allegations Unravel Honduras President’s Crime Fighting Facade

...congratulations” to the new head of state. “Honduras’ newly elected leaders have committed to address the country’s most pressing challenges, including … security, justice, and human rights for all...

The Ghost and His Paramilitary Army

...Unidas de Colombia – AUC), headed by the Castaño brothers, were busy recruiting the private armies of drug traffickers across the country. Memo Fantasma had already been drawn into...