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MS13 and International Drug Trafficking: Gang Project vs. Entrepreneurism

On June 23, 2015, Jaime Alexander Monge and Larry Jesus Navarete were talking on the phone. Monge was in Arkansas. Navarete was in the California state penitentiary...
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Weekly InSight: Preview of InSight Crime’s Investigation of MS13 in the Americas

In our February 8 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the release of a major,...
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Gangs as ‘Terrorists’ Proposal Is a Smoke Screen in Guatemala

This week, Guatemala’s new interior minister asked Congress to reform the penal code in order to designate the country’s gang members as terrorists, a...
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El Salvador Convicts First Mayor for Ties to Gangs

A former El Salvador mayor has become the country’s first mayor to be convicted of illicit association with gangs, a small step toward...
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Why Trump is Wrong to Blame Migration for MS13 Expansion, Violence

President Donald Trump used his first State of the Union Address to blame the expansion and violence of the MS13 gang in the US on the "deadly loopholes" in the...
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US Indictment Suggests MS13 Expanding Communications, Drug Trafficking

Authorities in the United States indicted several alleged members of the MS13 gang, offering a detailed look into how these cliques function outside of their...
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GameChangers 2017: Trump Battles MS13 With Lies, Half-Truths and Recycled Policies

When US President Donald Trump put the MS13 gang at the center of his domestic security narrative this year, he equated the threat posed by the group to that of...
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GameChangers 2017: The Empire Strikes Back

Welcome to InSight Crime’s GameChangers 2017, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of...
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‘Shyboy,’ the Mysterious Spokesman of El Salvador’s MS503

The Salvadoran government is assuring that there exists a profound division within the Mara Salvatrucha, provoked by a dissident group, MS503 or ‘Programa...