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Counting the Amount of Cocaine Passing Through El Salvador

A top drug policy official in El Salvador said they have no official estimate for how much cocaine transits through the country. After registering a record murder...
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El Salvador: The New Disappeared

El Salvador is suffering a new wave of disappearances, mostly of young people and teenagers, who go missing without explanation in a phenomenon linked to the gang...
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Barrio 18

The 18th Street Gang, also known as "Barrio 18," is one of the largest youth gangs in the Western Hemisphere. Like its better known rival, the Mara Salvatrucha...
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Barrio 18

The 18th Street Gang, also known as "Barrio 18," is one of the largest youth gangs in the Western Hemisphere. Like its better known rival, the Mara Salvatrucha...
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Honduras Mass Grave Found, Amid Gang’s Peace Offer

The discovery of a mass grave in Honduras, allegedly used by the M-18 gang to bury their victims, undermines the group's recent calls for peace talks with the...
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Honduras Gang Seeks Talks with Government

Jailed leaders of Barrio 18, one of Central America’s most formidable street gangs, have called for dialogue with the Honduras...
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Guatemala Seeks to Curb Crimes Committed from Jails

The Guatemalan Public Ministry and the National Police say they have identified five major leaders of the Barrio 18 (M-18)  gang currently held at the maximum...
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Maras’ Connections to Criminal Syndicates Growing

Are the brutal mara gangs in Central America allying themselves with the Mexican drug cartels, and what might this mean for organized crime in the...
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How ‘Mano Dura’ is Strengthening Gangs

The United Nations and U.S. Southern Command estimate there are approximately 70,000 gang members, or so-called maras, most of them concentrated in the Northern...