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Drug Dealers in Brazil Accused of Bankrolling Soccer Games

To sell and promote their product, drug dealers in Rio de Janeiro have organized cash-prize soccer matches — in an example of how even low-level criminals use...
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Brazil Cracking Down on Rising Illegal Diamond Mining

A recent operation in northern Brazil has put a spotlight on the country’s often overlooked illegal diamond trade, but authorities are only scratching the surface...
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Business As Usual? Cocaine Seizures On the Rise At Bolivia-Brazil Border

Authorities claim that rising cocaine seizures along the Bolivia-Brazil border have come as a direct result of stepped-up enforcement, but such interceptions...
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COVID-19: Gangs, Statemaking, Threats and Opportunities

It was March 2020, not long after fear of the coronavirus began spreading across the Americas, when several major criminal groups started employing their own form...
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Brazil Goes After Gang Finances But With Little Guarantee of Success

Recent operations in Brazil against the country’s two leading gangs, the PCC and Red Command, show that authorities are varying up their tactics but may still...
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Why Traffickers Use Politicians, Celebrities to Brand Drugs

From US President Donald Trump to Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi, well-known visages are used by drug gangs to not only mark their product but to stand out from...
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Economic Hardship During Pandemic Caused Wildlife Trafficking in Brazil to Soar

A series of police operations in Brazil have shown that the poaching of exotic species appears to have exploded during the pandemic, as job losses and a lack of...
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Governor In, Governor Out – All Normal in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro’s Governor Wilson Witzel has been suspended for allegedly running a corruption scheme that not only may have defrauded the state at the height of...
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Money Launderer Extraordinaire Dario Messer Finally Faces Justice in Brazil

An agreement between a Brazilian court and Dario Messer, the key operator behind one of South America’s largest money laundering operations, ends proceeding...