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Mexico’s Lucrative Oil Theft Industry Fueling Increased Criminal Violence

Violent battles between rival criminal groups vying for control over Mexico’s lucrative oil theft business left more than 50 people dead over the span of five...
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Attacks on Multinationals in Colombia: Signs of New Criminal Era

A series of attacks on multinational companies operating in Colombia could indicate that armed groups are shedding discipline for increased criminal gains, in a new...
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What’s Behind El Salvador’s Recent Drop in Homicides?

In September, homicides in El Salvador declined to levels that the Central American nation hasn’t seen since a truce was agreed upon between the country's two...
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Mexico’s Failure to Gather Quality Homicide Data Impeding Security Gains

Mexico’s failure to gather quality data on homicides is preventing the country from developing effective policies to tackle rising violence, a new study...
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Colombia Seizes First Assets Linked to Ex-FARC Mafia

Authorities in Colombia have seized the first set of assets allegedly linked to a dissident ex-FARC mafia network, providing further insight into the economic...
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Crime and Security High on Voters’ Agendas in Brazil Election

Brazil is just days away from the first round of this year's general election, and rising crime and security will play an important role in shaping the outcome of...
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Argentina Arrests Members of International Drug-Trafficking Soccer Hooligan Network

The arrest of several members of an international drug trafficking organization made up of soccer hooligans from Argentina and Colombia adds to the mounting...
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Transnational Criminal Group Used US Postal Service to Traffic Drugs: Authorities

Authorities in the United States dismantled a transnational drug trafficking organization that utilized the US Postal Service to purchase and traffic drug shipments...
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US Sanctions on Venezuela First Lady Solidify Country’s Mafia State Status

Recent US sanctions against four top Venezuela government officials and close collaborators, among them the country’s first lady, add new dimensions and further...
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Disbanding Municipal Police Unlikely to Improve Mexico Security Crisis

A proposal by the governor of Mexico’s southwest state of Guerrero to disband municipal police forces and replace them with a single unit is unlikely to rid the...
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Ayotzinapa: What Four Years of Impunity Say About Security In Mexico

The unsolved disappearance of 43 students from a rural teachers college in Mexico four years ago put the level of collusion between the country’s organized crime...
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US ‘Call to Action’ on Drugs Shows Slipping Global Leadership Role

The United States put out a "Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem" ahead of the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, but several countries,...