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Ecuador Bus Tragedy Reveals Innovative Tactics of Colombia Traffickers

A fatal bus crash in Ecuador has drawn attention to a new drug trafficking method devised by the ever more innovative networks emerging from Colombia’s rapidly...
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Guatemala Gang ‘Copycats’ Terrorize, Extort

The repeated appearance of “copycats” in Guatemala shows how criminals are taking advantage of the country’s widespread extortion and its near primal fear of...
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El Salvador Congress Makes ‘Extraordinary’ Prison Measures Permanent

El Salvador's Congress passed a bill that makes permanent a previously temporary tightening of security measures in prisons, cementing a policy that has been...
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InSight Crime Podcast: The ‘Car Thief’

In our podcast this week, we return to Guatemala for the second of three stories on illicit campaign financing in that country to...
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Are Mexico Crime Groups Fueling Rise in US Overdose Deaths?

New data shows synthetic opioid drugs are driving a sustained increase in overdose deaths in the United States, and booming seizures of these drugs by US and...
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Paraguay’s New President: All Bark and No Bite?

Paraguay’s new president says he will focus his security policy on ending judicial corruption and organized crime, but his background and the credibility of those...
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US-Mexico ‘Action Plan’ Thinks Big, but Impact May Be Small

The United States and Mexico have announced plans for renewed cooperation on combating Mexico-based drug trafficking groups. But although the proposed strategy...
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What Is Behind Growing Violence In Costa Rica?

Costa Rica’s recently-elected President Carlos Alvarado Quesada has officially hit 100 days in office. But his government is still struggling to stall worsening...
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Are Armed Drones the Weapon of the Future for Mexico’s Cartels?

Mexico’s powerful drug cartels could be using armed drones to attack those impeding their criminal operations, marking the potential expansion of the use of this...
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New Guatemala AG Puts Jimmy Morales in Her Crosshairs

Guatemala Attorney General Consuelo Porras’ has requested that the country’s legislature initiate a preliminary hearing against President Jimmy Morales for...
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A Former El Salvador President Tells How He Robbed the State

When former El Salvador President Antonio Saca began to declare himself as the author of one of the most well-known robberies in the country’s history, he knew...
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Brazil Homicides Reach New Record Levels: Report

Brazil broke its own homicide record in 2017, according to a new report, as killings rose to unprecedented levels due to more violence related to organized crime...