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Guatemala’s Attorney General Lashes Out Against Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office

Guatemala's attorney general has given the go-ahead to new legal actions against the public prosecutor that has headed Guatemala's most important graft...
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European Drug Report Shows Advances in Trans-Atlantic Drug Trafficking

A new major report about drug trafficking and consumption in Europe has provided key insights into how a record production of cocaine in Latin America has impacted...
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HSBC: Dirty Money and White Collars

As drug traffickers’ bank of choice for many years, HSBC allowed its services to be used as a conduit for money laundering. The US and Mexican governments even...
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Chile Museum Heist Reveals Black Market in Cultural Objects

While ruins have long been looted to supply the black market trade in antiquities, silver and textiles stolen from a museum in Chile...
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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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Salvatore Ponzo and the Italian Mafia’s Infiltration of Costa Rica

The photos in the Costa Rican press showed Salvatore Ponzo, the Italian fruit exporter, with a neatly trimmed beard and polite smile, wearing polo shirts and...
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The El Salvador President’s Informal Pact with Gangs

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has vehemently denied swapping favors with gangs, but a slew of government officials and a person working directly with the...
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Why Oil Theft Spread Across Latin America During Pandemic

From mostly being a lower-level criminal annoyance, oil theft has spread across Latin America during the coronavirus pandemic as a way for gangs to supply thriving...
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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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‘We Ruled’ – Excerpt from MS-13: The Making of America’s Most Notorious Gang

Alma* arrived in Texas like so many others had and would in the years to come: on her own. She had just turned fourteen, and she was one of many Unaccompanied Alien...
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Suriname’s Jaguar Trade: From Poaching to Paste

The jaguar’s head slumps over the back of an all-terrain vehicle. A lifeless paw outstretched above a large muddied tire provides a glimpse of its former mass and...
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El Salvador’s President Bukele Linked to Venezuelan Money Laundering Scheme: Report

Public officials and private individuals close to the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, are linked to a massive money laundering scheme involving Venezuelan...

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Is Washington Taking Corruption in Guatemala Seriously Again?

In what appears to be a show of support from Washington for Guatemala’s anti-corruption fight, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the visa of Felipe Alejos Lorenzana, a vice president...

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