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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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Why Courtroom Corruption Has Costa Rica Concerned

A string of recent arrests connecting judicial officials to drug trafficking organizations in Costa Rica have raised concerns that institutional corruption...
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Albanian Mafia Leaves Trail of Blood in Ecuador

The assassination of Albanian national Adriatik Tresa inside his luxury property in Ecuador has revealed details of his alleged criminal activities, painting a...
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Mexico City’s Roaring Trade in Wildlife Trafficking

A series of unusual and contrasting seizures of rare fauna in the Mexico City area have raised important questions about the modus operandi of wildlife trafficking...
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GameChangers 2020: Predictions for 2021 – Shaking Off the Virus

Organized crime had to tighten its belt in 2020, and pickings remain lean as world economies contract and movement is restricted. Yet this crisis is likely to be a...
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GameChangers 2020: Tren de Aragua and the Exportation of Venezuelan Organized Crime

Venezuela has long been known as a strategic rearguard for Colombia guerrilla groups. Yet 2020 saw the acceleration of a newer dynamic: Venezuelan gangs now rival...
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GameChangers 2020: 3 Ways Criminal Groups Overcame Coronavirus

As COVID-19 threatened the well-being of the populations they depend on for criminal income, it was largely in the interest of criminal groups to try and keep the...
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GameChangers 2020: The Resurgence of the Central American Cocaine Highway

A rush of drug plane traffic from South America, coupled with traffickers smuggling large cocaine shipments after coronavirus border restrictions eased, led to a...
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GameChangers 2020: How Black Markets Became the New Normal

In a region where 50 percent of the population already makes its living in the informal market, it was perhaps of little surprise that black markets exploded in...
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GameChangers 2020: Conflicting US Approach to Latin America Organized Crime

President-elect Joe Biden has a chance to reset the table on US-Latin American relations, but the Donald Trump administration’s schizophrenic, transactional...
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GameChangers 2020:  How Organized Crime Survived the Pandemic

Welcome to InSight Crime’s Criminal GameChangers 2020, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of...
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What Do Security Law Reforms Mean for US-Mexico Organized Crime Fight?

Lawmakers in Mexico have passed a new law that limits the power and restricts the operations of foreign law enforcement agents in the country, raising serious...

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Bolivia Rivers Become Increasingly Popular Drug Trafficking Routes

Drug trafficking routes are starting to appear along rivers and canals in Bolivia, threatening to complicate efforts to stop the flow of cocaine to international...

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