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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...
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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...