Belize has been identified as a money laundering hotspot

The State’s Secret: Belize’s Money Laundering Regime

Nestled on the northeastern coast of Central America, Belize is often named one of Central America's most beautiful vacation destinations. With its ornate coral...
Murder victims in south Belize City in 2012

Belize City Gang Ceasefire is Temporary Reprieve

Authorities in Belize have reported a ceasefire between gangs in the south of the country's largest city following a surge in homicides, though the country's prime...
Original Paredes leader Jorge Mario Paredes Cordoba

Belize Arrest Shows Once-Mighty Guatemala Narco Clan Still Alive

The heir to what was once one of Guatemala's premier drug trafficking organizations has been arrested in Belize, illustrating both the diehard nature of the...
Rival gang leaders in El Salvador shake hands

The Inconvenient Truth About Gang Truces in the Americas

After a two decade long hiatus, gang truces are back in vogue in the Americas. Very generally, truces usually include negotiations and pacts intended to bring about...
The Honduras island of Roatan

Narco-Islands: The Honduras-Belize Tourist Bridge

Islands off the coasts of Honduras and Belize, two of the poorest Central American nations, offer drug traffickers respite and a ready-made labor force to move...
Belize free trade zone Corozal is a contraband hub

Belize Free Trade Zone Emerges as Cigarette Smuggling Hub

A free trade zone in Belize's Corozal district has become a hub for the regional contraband cigarette trade, highlighting both Belize's role in regional smuggling...
Gang member in Belize City

Money Runs Out for Belize Gang Truce

The Belize government, struggling to meet national debt payments, has ended its controversial gang truce program, a measure almost certain to result in increased...
Belize police in training

Belize On Track for Record Murder Year

Belize has reportedly registered 124 homicides between January and November, putting the sparsely populated Central America nation on track for its most...
The leaders of Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica and Belize (l-r)

LatAm Leaders Call for Analysis of US Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

In a sign of increasing discontent with the dominant anti-drug strategy in the hemisphere, the heads of state of three Central American countries and Mexico have...