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3 Unexplored Criminal Challenges Awaiting President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden’s policy documents on Latin America tread familiar ground. But the region contains a range of other security and criminal threats that are of...
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Pandemic Aid Money Fuels Brazil’s Bank Robberies

Authorities in Brazil have dismantled a criminal organization specialized in the cloning of debit cards to steal emergency aid and other relief funds, highlighting...
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PCC Stalwart In Prison After Botched Rescue Attempt in Paraguay

The reported leader of the PCC in Paraguay, known as “Bonitão,” has been extradited back to Brazil after a tumultuous few days which saw gang members stage a...
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Libya, North Africa Emerge As Cocaine Transit Hubs

Within the span of a week, cocaine was discovered in two separate maritime cargo containers bound for Libya, a strong indication that both the north African country...
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Rio Militias and Their Complex Empire of Legal Businesses

As part of a mounting campaign going after criminal finances, police in Rio de Janeiro have asked courts to seize control of legal businesses used by militia groups...
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Counterfeit Money Trade Thrives in Brazil Amid Pandemic

Brazil has dismantled several large, sophisticated counterfeit cash rings in recent months, indicating that criminal groups with the technological savvy to print...
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Uruguay Cracking Down on Cattle Rustling from Brazil

A surge in cattle and horse rustling is plaguing ranchers along the Uruguay-Brazil border, but a new specialized unit dedicated to tackling the crime may be showing...
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Intercepts Show How Brazil Police Extort PCC

“Plata o Plomo” is an overused phrase to describe the way criminals threaten officials and civilians to ensure compliance with their wishes. In one Brazilian...
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While Taking Paraguay-Brazil Border, PCC Tries to Control Its Own

On June 10, 2016, Jorge Rafaat was driving his armored Hummer when he pulled up to a stop light in central Pedro Juan Caballero, a Paraguayan city at the border...