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US-Based Security Contractors Expand Operations in Mexico

With Mexico’s drug violence breaking records, a number of United States-based security companies are expanding operations in the country. Although many of...
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Mexico Moves into Cyber Crime

Reports that Mexico is now the world leader in cyber crime highlight the growth in the Americas of this emerging high-profit and low-risk branch of organized crime,...
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UN: Cocaine Use Up in Latin America, Pill-Popping Up in US

Drug use in several Latin American countries, including Mexico, is rising significantly, said a new report by the United Nations International Narcotics Control...
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Council on Foreign Relations Special Report: The Drug War in Mexico, Confronting a Shared Threat

David A. Shirk, the director of the Trans-Border Institute and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of San Diego, has a new report examining...
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International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report 2010

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is an independent body of the United Nations (U.N.) and is in charge of implementing the UN’s international drug...
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InSight: Gun Traffickers Arrested in Texas a Wake-up Call?

Monday's arrest of three men in Texas for trafficking guns, one of which was apparently used in the attack which killed U.S. agent Jaime Zapata in mid-February,...
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Sinaloa Cartel Expands Influence in Colombia

Colombia officials announced a joint international effort with U.S. officials intending to locate three middlemen allegedly working for Sinaloa Cartel leader...
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Gun Used in Killing of DEA Agent Traced to Texas

A weapon reportedly linked to the killing of U.S. agent Jaime Zapata on February 15 may have been traced to a man in Texas. U.S. authorities arrested at least...
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‘Smear Campaign’ in Guatemala Aims to Discredit Reformers

Political intrigue in Guatemala is threatening to stall efforts at police and judicial reform, as some of the country's most important reformists have been sucked...
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InSight Map: Arms Trafficking in Bogota

The black market for firearms in Bogota made profits of approximately $4.9 million between 2009 and 2010, according to city officials. InSight has developed a map...
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InSight: Colombia’s Land Reform Plan Targets Trouble Spots

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos has been widely praised for his grand plan to return swathes of land to the country’s massive population of internal...
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Sinaloa Cartel Operatives Arrested in Costa Rica

As Mexico’s cartels continue to spread their influence in the region, even Costa Rica - which has a reputation as one of the most stable countries in Central...