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Brazil’s New Gun Laws Risk Raising Body Count

On May 7, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree relaxing gun ownership laws, raising fears that it will worsen violence in the country. The decree is...
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Latin America Lacks Regional Strategy to Halt Bitcoin Money Laundering

Despite a steep drop in their overall value over the last 18 months and a raft of interdictions by Latin American countries, cryptocurrencies continue to offer a...
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High-Ranking Bolivia Police Gave Protection to Wanted Drug Trafficker

A number of high-ranking police officials in Bolivia have been arrested for their suspected links to a drug trafficker wanted for years by police in...
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Okaida, Gang Inspired by Al-Qaeda, Expands in Northeast Brazil

Victory in a decade-long turf war fought in the northeastern Brazilian state of Paraíba has allowed Okaida, a local gang named after the Islamic terror group...
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Militias Become Luxury Real Estate Barons in Rio de Janeiro

A series of revelations about how militias in Rio de Janeiro are laundering large quantities of money through illegal real estate shines a light on the impunity...
Brazil has some of the largest prison populations in the world
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‘Volunteer’ Inmate Program Highlights Brazil Prison Crisis

A so-called voluntary work program in Rio de Janeiro prisons has highlighted long-term problems within Brazil’s crumbling penitentiary system, a breeding ground...
Argentina has dismantled a large arms trafficking organization
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Argentina Traffickers Buying US Arms for Sale to Brazil Gangs

Arms traffickers in Argentina bought US AR-15 rifle parts, assembled the firearms, and then transported the arsenal in a military-style truck. The intended buyers...
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Gang in Mexico Offers ‘Drug Menu’ Via Encrypted WhatsApp

A drug gang in Mexico City is providing menus of its products and making deals via WhatsApp in a case that shows how dealers exploit encrypted technology to reach...
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PCC Death Squad Stalked Police Officers in Brazil

PCC gang members in Brazil monitored police on social media and invaded their homes disguised in worker's uniforms in a brazen, hit-squad like attempt on their...