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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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Paraguay’s EPP Seemingly Transformed Under New Leadership

Over a week out from the kidnapping of Paraguay’s former vice president by the EPP guerrilla, it seems clear that this old enemy of the state has returned, albeit...
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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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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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3 Dirty Secrets Revealed by the El Salvador Gang ‘Negotiations’

The El Faro media group reported that the El Salvador government is “negotiating” with street gangs to keep homicide levels low, which may come as a surprise to...
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Criminal Governance Under Coronavirus: How Colombian Groups Seized the Day

The coronavirus pandemic sparked a shift in Colombia as criminal actors the nation over sought to profit from the sudden change in conditions, the refocusing of...
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The Sicilianization of Mexican Drug Cartels

Extortion can be defined as the action through which one individual obtains a resource from another through intimidation or threat of violence. This criminal...

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Mako Sharks Gutted and Tossed on a Chilean Landfill

The discovery of 17 shark carcasses discarded in a landfill in Chile indicates that illegal fishing practices may be on the rise as criminal actors continue to prey on marine life up and down South...

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