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Al Jazeera Special on Drug Wars in Central America

News network Al Jazeera has published a series of articles on organized crime and drug violence in Central America, with reporting from El Salvador, Honduras, and...
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‘Criminal Organizations Deepen Extortion Activities in U.S.’

Extortion has long been a favored tactic of drug gangs in Central America and Mexico, but evidence suggests that criminal organizations may be increasingly running...
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El Salvador Military Officer Sentenced for Arms Trafficking

A former officer in El Salvador's Special Forces was sentenced to 31 years in prison after attempting to sell weapons to an undercover agent posing as a member of...
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El Salvador Gang Linked to Zetas: Police

Police findings point to a link between a local Salvadoran gang, based in the center of the country east of San Salvador, and the notorious Mexico-based Zetas drug...
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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...