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Colombia Sees Booming Market for Synthetic Drugs at Home and Abroad

Colombia authorities have dismantled a network of traffickers who hid the synthetic drug ketamine inside superhero figurines on their way to the United States,...
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‘Drug regulation must be tackled at the regional level’: Ricardo Lagos

Few topics seem to be gaining as much traction, or courting as much controversy, across the Americas as the regulation of...
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Colombia’s Criminal Evolution 25 Years After Pablo Escobar’s Death

It's been nearly 25 years since authorities in Colombia gunned down former Medellín Cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar on a city rooftop. A lot has changed in the...
Seven of the eight men convicted for the murder of Berta Cáceres await jail time
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Guilty Verdict in Berta Cáceres Murder Trial in Honduras is Partial Justice

Authorities in Honduras found seven of the eight men accused in the high-profile murder of renowned environmental activist Berta Cáceres guilty, a welcomed step...
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Ecuador ‘Legalizes’ Gangs and Slashes Murder Rate

In some New York neighborhoods, wearing yellow and black with a golden crown symbol can get you killed. But in Quito, Ecuador, clothing representing the Latin Kings...
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Government Mafia Structures Plague Venezuela Emigration Process

The enormous bribery and extortion pressures that Venezuelans face when trying to leave their country legally is further proof that criminal structures are...
Drug regulation is being debated around the world
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Can Drug Regulation Help Tackle Organized Crime?

A recent report argues that regulating illegal drugs can help governments tackle organized crime, adding to a growing number of voices calling for the...
Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will take office on December 1
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What is Behind AMLO’s Security Policy U-Turn in Mexico?

Days before his inauguration, on 1 December, Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced a pair of security initiatives that seemingly...
Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto
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A Legacy of Turmoil: Peña Nieto’s Tenure in Mexico

Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto ends his six-year term amid a rising body count, allegations of cover-ups, and having failed his nation on a variety of key...
Former Honduras Congressman Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández, the brother of President Juan Orlando Hernández
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US Alleges Honduras President’s Brother is Major Drug Trafficker

Prosecutors in the United States allege that the brother of the president of Honduras is a major drug trafficker in Central America, providing further evidence that...
What was El Chapo's son, Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, doing in Medellín, Colombia?
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‘El Chapo’ Son’s Medellín Visit Reveals Criminal Underworld Dynamics

Reports about the prolonged visit of the son of alleged Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to Colombia’s city of Medellín have revealed new details...
Cinthia Carolina Tell has been accused of leading a trafficking network in Peru
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Former Peru Police Chief Accused of Role in Baby Trafficking Network

The recent arrest of the former director of Peru’s national police as part of a group accused of leading a baby trafficking network revealed the level of...