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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...
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Venezuela’s Baseball Academies Batting Away Extortion Threats

With dozens of Venezuelan athletes now playing on Major League Baseball teams in the United States, a powerful gang has begun to extort local academies and scouts...
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Peru in Familiar Stalemate With Shining Path Rebels

Yet again, Peruvian security forces are seeking to force Shining Path guerrillas out a jungle region that produces most of the country’s cocaine, but military...
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Peru Hospital Staff Extort Families to Identify Coronavirus Victims

Amidst Peru’s coronavirus crisis, hospital workers are demanding bribes from relatives to confirm deceased victims’ identities and arrange illegal funerals,...
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Sophisticated Schemes Revealed in Costa Rica Gold Ring

Raids across Costa Rica have exposed a web of front companies filtering illegally mined gold to the United States, in the kind of multimillion-dollar laundering...
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Colombia-Mexico Links Alleged in Narco-Sub Caught in Pacific

Authorities say a submarine intercepted off Colombia's Pacific Coast was carrying more than a ton of cocaine bound for Mexico's Jalisco Cartel, though the details...
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More Than Drug Trafficking Drives Violence in Colombia’s Nariño

The Colombian government has blamed drug trafficking for three massacres in the south of the country, but violence in the region is likely spurred by armed groups,...
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Fugitive’s Return Promises New Graft Revelations in Guatemala

A Guatemala political operator accused of taking millions in bribes has surrendered after four years as a fugitive and is set to face a series of trials in which...
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Arrests, Seizures Show Colombians Processing Cocaine in Europe

Authorities in the Netherlands are discovering more cocaine processing facilities, but the dismantling of the largest one to date, staffed by Colombian workers,...
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Mexico City Fentanyl Seizures May Point to Shifting Trafficking Trends

Authorities in Mexico have recently seized large quantities of fentanyl and precursor chemicals used to make the synthetic drug at the international airport in the...
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Chile’s Gangs Embrace Wild ‘Narco-Funerals’

Chile’s struggle to contain riotous burials for alleged gang members raises questions about why this practice is commonplace in a country that has not...
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Police Reform Top Concern for New Dominican Republic President

The Dominican Republic’s new president has put police reform at the top of his security priorities, marking just the latest effort to fight the official...

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Panama’s Bocas del Toro Archipelago New Cocaine Seizure Hotspot

Authorities in Panama’s northwestern province of Bocas del Toro have intercepted a string of vessels carrying large amounts of cocaine, a sign that traffickers are using the archipelago as part of...

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