Investigation and Analysis of Organized Crime

Elites and Organized Crime

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 in the Central American nation’s political system have not yet been...

Venezuela Archipelago, New Hotspot for Drug Smuggling

The Los Roques Archipelago -- a group of islands off Venezuela's northern coast known for their white sand beaches and turquoise waters -- has become a staging ground for...

Brothers’ Arrest Displays History of Narco-Politics in Honduras Drug Corridor

Two brothers -- longtime political powerbrokers in a northeastern region of Honduras that is a major maritime and aerial drug route -- have been arrested in a case that exposes...

Honduras Prison Murder Silences Trafficker With Links to President’s Brother

An alleged drug trafficker whose ledgers proved key to convicting the Honduran president’s brother was brutally murdered in prison, leading to speculation that he would have...

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 against President...

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