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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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Indigenous Leaders Slain in Peru Amid Pandemic

Four Indigenous leaders in Peru's Amazon have been murdered since the government declared a state of emergency over COVID-19, revealing how their opposition to...
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Yucca Cacti Theft Illuminates Mexico’s Hidden Plant Trafficking Problem

Theft of yucca cacti from indigenous communities in Mexico’s northwestern state of Baja California for export to US, European and Asian markets is reportedly...
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Costa Rica Boosts Plan to Track Vessels, Combat Illegal Fishing

By providing satellite data on its fleets, Costa Rica is the latest country in Latin America to take on illegal fishing, which costs...
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Brand-Name Coronavirus Drug Appears in Venezuela’s Black Market

A black market for an antiviral drug used to treat coronavirus has emerged in Venezuela, revealing that even expensive, lifesaving medicines are fueling the...
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Human Smugglers Continue to Cash In on Haitian Migrants

A sophisticated human smuggling ring that illegally moved migrants from Haiti across a number of Latin American countries into Chile shows that the Caribbean...
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US Chemicals Help Fuel Mexico Drug Production: Report

Authorities in Mexico said they will look into the mass-scale diversion of chemicals from US companies to produce drugs that are trafficked over the border to feed...
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Deaths Inside Venezuelan Prisons Doubled During Pandemic

Inmate deaths have doubled in Venezuela's jails during the coronavirus pandemic, a crisis that underscores how the country's anarchic prisons foment violence and...
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Are Recent Cocaine Busts Evidence of Revived Jamaica-UK Drug Route?

Drug mules in Jamaica made a habit of exploiting weak controls on commercial flights to move cocaine into the United Kingdom before a law enforcement crackdown...
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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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US Hemorrhaging Weapons to Mexico, One at a Time

A recent UN report shows that traffickers move weapons from the United States to Mexico in small quantities, even a single firearm at once, in a divergence from...
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Urabeños Reactivate Montes de María Drug Route in Northern Colombia

Reports that the Urabeños are re-activating an old drug trafficking route in Montes de María, Colombia, may suggest that it has been pushed to do so due to losing...