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Peru’s Patrones and Their Patrons

...industrial-political axis. Nowhere is this more apparent than the Mesa Forestal — the roundtable where key actors from the public and private sector meet. At the Mesa Forestal, the...

The Logging Barons of Catacamas, Honduras

...officials, members of security forces, academics, smugglers, landowners and local residents, among others. Read the entire series here. “It is dangerous that, in Catacamas, we have not put up...

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...

Suriname Profile

...At times, small armed groups have robbed miners in the interior. Security schemes that involve Brazilians, off-duty government forces, or private security are common. Current Vice President Ronnie Brunswijk,...

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...

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...

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...

MS13 in Honduras Gets Creative With Video Surveillance

...have previously been found in the homes of gang leaders for private security purposes, Meza said. But for the gang to have placed cameras in marginal neighborhoods shows that...

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...

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 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...