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Weekly InSight: Outlook for Anti-Graft Initiatives in Honduras and Guatemala

In our February 2 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley and Managing Editor Josefina Salomón addressed the current status and outlook of...
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Documentary Series Examines Role of Mexico’s Crime Groups in US Opioid Crisis

A new documentary series exploring the opioid epidemic ravaging cities across the United States underscores the role of Mexican organized crime groups in the...
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Iván Velásquez: Guatemala’s Elites Are Vying for Total State Control

In the fight for Guatemala’s institutions, there is never a dull moment. Recently, and especially in the last few weeks, powerful groups in...
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Arrests Again Point to Paraguay President’s Contraband Cigarettes

Cigarettes manufactured by a firm belonging to the family of Paraguay's president have once again been seized after being smuggled across the border into Brazil,...
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Mexican Cartels in Colombia: Setting up Shop or Seeking New Partners?

Colombian authorities have reported that Mexican cartels are attempting to establish themselves in the South American country. However, the presence of suspected...
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3 (Other) Reasons Why Drug Traffickers Might Be Turning to ‘Mules’ in Argentina

Authorities in Argentina say increased vigilance and enforcement has caused a spike in the use of so-called “mules” to transport drugs to the country, but there...
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ELN Peace Talks Unraveling as Post-Ceasefire Violence Continues

In a sign of waning confidence in the negotiations that could lead to their unraveling, Colombia's government has suspended peace talks with the...
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Car Bomb a Hint that Colombia’s Guerrilla Tactics Spreading to Ecuador

Authorities are blaming FARC dissidents for a car bomb near the Colombia-Ecuador border, a sign that former rebels may be looking to expand their presence in this...
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Shifting Criminal Dynamics Signal Violent Future for Colombia-Venezuela Border

Venezuela’s continued spiral into economic, political and social crisis and the demobilization of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group have shifted criminal...
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Massacre in Northern Brazil Points to PCC’s Continued Expansion

A criminal group allied with Brazil’s First Capital Command was allegedly behind the massacre of more than a dozen people in a strategic area of northern Brazil,...
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Study: 2017 Was Deadliest Year in Mexico for Homicides Linked to Organized Crime

Organized crime-related homicides reached a record high in Mexico in 2017, according to a recent study which compares government statistics with documented...
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Corruption and Impunity Allegations Seed Doubts for Second Term of Honduras President

New corruption and impunity allegations emerging on the eve of the inauguration of Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández have cast doubt over his supposed...