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Jade: New Crown Jewel for Crime Groups in Guatemala

Authorities have uncovered that an eastern coastal region of Guatemala, known to be a cocaine corridor, has been used in the trafficking of jade -- a gemstone used...
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Cops Battle Their Own As Extortion Spikes in Guatemala

Police officers on patrol in Guatemala came under fire as they investigated colleagues for allegedly demanding payments from local gang members, underscoring the...
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Will Prison Time End Guatemala Powerbrokers’ Political Influence?

A longtime influence peddler in Guatemala will spend just over four years in a US prison after pleading guilty to money laundering, but his tentacles of influence...
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What Does Mario Estrada’s Guilty Plea Mean for Guatemala?

The guilty plea of Mario Estrada, a former Guatemalan presidential candidate, to conspiring to import cocaine into the United States has triggered a backlash...
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Killings Reveal Longtime Cocaine Production in Guatemala

After the killing of three naval officers in an eastern coastal region dominated by organized crime, Guatemala's government has enforced martial law -- and in turn...
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Narco-Planes Leave No Respite for Guatemala

The growing number of flights carrying drugs across in Guatemala has brought renewed attention to the government’s failed strategies to tackle drug...
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5 Takeaways from CICIG, Guatemala’s Anti-Corruption Experiment

After 12 years, the mandate of a widely heralded international anti-corruption commission has come to an end in Guatemala, but in its absence, serious questions...
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Top 3 Security Challenges Awaiting Guatemala’s President-Elect

Alejandro Giammattei, a 63-year-old doctor linked to Guatemala’s right-wing elite, became the country’s president almost by surprise. After starting low in the...
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Guatemala Elites Exploited Health Sector to Pocket Millions: Prosecutors

Prosecutors in Guatemala are investigating a multimillion-dollar graft scheme within the country’s Public Health Ministry, in just the latest example of officials...