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Cocaine Seizure, Extortion Ring Bust Points to Guatemala Role in Regional Crime

A drug seizure in Costa Rica and the dismantling of an extortion network which targeted El Salvadorans, both allegedly run by Guatemalan nationals, are signs of the...
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El Salvador: Reported Kidnappings Down 50%

El Salvador authorities announced that there were half as many reported kidnapping cases in the last 12 months, compared to the previous 12...
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Sonsonate: El Salvador’s Most Violent Region

Sonsonate, in western El Salvador, has the highest murder rate in the country. Located on a strategic drug route to Guatemala, the province is infested with local...
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Central America Works to Coordinate Laws on Organized Crime

The governments of Central America and the Dominican Republic announced the creation of a commission to harmonize laws across the region against organized...
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Ungoverned Spaces in the Americas, Part I

Southern Pulse examines those areas of Latin America where there is no state presence, and transnational criminal organizations are able to...
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Salvador President Accuses Past Govts of Sponsoring Crime

The president of El Salvador has accused the country’s previous governments of sponsoring organized crime, and said that an internal investigation had uncovered...
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El Salvador Police Boss Seeks Return after ‘Drug Ties’

A former head of El Salvador’s anti-drug police has asked to be reinstated to the force after a two year suspension, following an investigation into his alleged...
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El Salvador Police Accused of Killing DEA Informant

News that El Salvador police may have masterminded the 2009 murder of a top DEA informant is a sign of the formidable issues facing U.S. efforts to collaborate with...
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Three Arrested over 2010 Tamaulipas Massacre

Salvadoran authorities arrested three men allegedly involved in the trafficking of fourteen Salvadorans killed in the slaughter of 72 migrants last August in the...