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Mexico Authorities Close In on CJNG With Arrest of Leader’s Wife

Authorities in Mexico have arrested the wife of the leader of the CJNG on charges she helped the group manage its dirty money, a potentially significant setback for...
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How to Leave MS13 Alive

Ernesto Deras cannot explain why he got up from his seat, approached the front of a church in the Panorama City neighborhood of Los Angeles, and started crying...
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Implementation of Mexico Anti-Graft Reform Still Elusive

A new report claims that sweeping legal reforms approved in 2016 could be the answer to Mexico’s deep-seated corruption, but the country’s poor record when it...
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‘Jesús Santrich’ Case at the Epicenter of Colombia’s Peace Process

Seuxis Paucis Hernández Solarte, alias “Jesús Santrich,” is the name on everyone’s lips, the cornerstone of Colombia’s rocky peace...
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US Helps Colombia Arrest Longtime Medellín Underworld Figure ‘Popeye’

Authorities in Colombia have arrested a former hitman for Pablo Escobar and the notorious Medellín Cartel, underscoring how the Andean nation continues to take...
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Former FARC Combatant Killings Could Fuel More Dissidence

Colombian officials have released new estimates of the number of former guerrillas murdered since peace accord implementation began, highlighting the government’s...
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US Life Sentence for Honduras Partner of ‘El Chapo’ Sets Precedent

A US court handed down a life sentence to a Honduran drug trafficker linked to the Sinaloa Cartel -- just the second time that a life term in prison has been given...
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Costa Rica Arrests Point to Security Forces’ Growing Drug Trade Ties

Authorities in Costa Rica have arrested several members of a drug trafficking network led by former security officials, highlighting a trend of deepening security...
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Trump Doubles Down on Inaccurate Link Between MS13, Immigration

US President Donald Trump is doubling down on his administration’s rhetorical campaign against the MS13 as a way to promote tougher immigration laws...
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Colombia Dismantles Underground Drug Lab Linked to Ex-FARC Mafia

Authorities in Colombia have dismantled a subterranean cocaine hydrochloride-producing laboratory in one of the country’s most strategic drug trafficking regions,...
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Paraguay President’s ‘Soul Brother’ Could Surrender in Laundering Case

A friend of Paraguay's president accused of leading a large, international money laundering scheme has reportedly offered to turn himself in to authorities. But his...
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Boosting Legal Market for Coca Could Reduce Colombia Violence: Report

A new report suggests Colombia should pivot away from traditional drug eradication measures that have had limited long-term success in addressing the cultivation of...