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Okaida, Gang Inspired by Al-Qaeda, Expands in Northeast Brazil

Victory in a decade-long turf war fought in the northeastern Brazilian state of Paraíba has allowed Okaida, a local gang named after the Islamic terror group...
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Prison Mafia in Venezuela is Not Just the ‘Pranes’: Carlos Nieto

Carlos Nieto Palma has witnessed the worst of Venezuela's prison system during the past two decades as a lawyer defending the rights of...
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Will New Arrest Warrant Hamstring Colombia Peace Process?

The Colombian government has issued an arrest warrant for one of the FARC’s most militant commanders, which may result in him being expelled from the...
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Mexico Cartel Presence in Colombia May Have Been Exaggerated

A series of arrests of alleged Mexican drug traffickers in Colombia has revived controversy over the establishment of foreign cartels in the South American country....
Former Atlantic Cartel leader Wilter Neptalí Blanco Ruíz
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Atlantic Cartel in Honduras Shipped Cocaine to South Korea

The discovery that two cocaine-laden ships were bound for South Korea from Honduras in 2016 suggests that the rising demand for drugs in East Asia has been met in...
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Op-Ed: Could the FARC Peace Process in Colombia Still Fail?

Former Colombia president Juan Manuel Santos said that the peace process with the FARC is “irreversible.” He may yet be proven...
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The ELN Gets Richer, Stronger in Southern Bolívar

The ELN has gained strength in a crucial drug trafficking region in the southern part of Colombia's Bolívar department -- confirming that they have benefited from...
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Mexico Red Cross Caught in Crossfire of Rival Criminal Groups

Red Cross aid workers in Mexico have been forced to accept armed security details following a series of attacks from criminal groups in recent months, underscoring...
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US Drug Probe Lands Guatemala President in Hot Water

Controversy is swirling in Guatemala after evidence emerged showing that President Jimmy Morales used a helicopter owned by a presidential...
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Mega-Gang Turns Venezuela’s Largest Landfill into Criminal Fortress

Venezuela's largest garbage dump has become a lawless territory where waste has become the raw material for a lucrative and growing criminal...
Gerardo González Valencia, one of the leaders of the Cuinis lived in Argentina
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Los Cuinis May Have Laundered Money Through Argentina, Uruguay

Argentina officials are investigating the financial arm of a powerful Mexican cartel -- showing the country's eagerness to shed its notoriety as a money laundering...
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Veracruz Massacre Crowns Bloody Start of 2019 in Mexico

An infant was among more than a dozen people killed in a massacre during the heart of Holy Week in Mexico, underscoring the depth of the security...