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Cartels Reopen Old Migrant Routes Through Arizona, New Mexico

Border Patrol agents have found several large Central American migrant groups crossing the US-Mexico border along remote stretches of desert -- a smuggling tactic...
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InSight Crime’s 2018 Homicide Round-Up

With a worsening crisis in Venezuela, dark days in Nicaragua, an ever more fragile peace process in Colombia, new governments and new ideas in Brazil, Mexico and...
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Fragmentation: The Violent Tailspin of Mexico’s Dominant Cartels

Fragmentation has come to define Mexico’s criminal landscape as the days of monolithic drug cartel structures have ended, leaving behind smaller, more volatile...
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Oil Thieves Convenient Scapegoats for Mexico’s Gasoline Shortages

A crackdown on oil theft has seen the president of Mexico stop major fuel pipelines, causing severe fuel shortages in parts of the country, but are oil thieves...
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Mexico’s New National Guard Unlikely To Stem Crimewave

Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO), was sworn in on December 1, after a five-month transition period following his landslide...
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Illegal Logging in Chihuahua is Now Mexico Cartel Territory

The six bodies, minus their heads, were dumped just before dawn on a morning in late October. They were left in front of a gas station on the outskirts of Creel,...
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GameChangers 2018: As Opioids and Cocaine Boom, the Americas Wilt

While traditional criminal organizations have widened their portfolios dramatically in recent years, drug trafficking remains the most important earner in the...
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Testimony of Top Sinaloa Cartel Member May Sink ‘El Chapo’ Defense

Witness testimony from a former close associate of El Chapo and the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico has uncovered new details of the kingpin’s criminal activities and...
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GameChangers 2018: Political Shifts in Colombia, Mexico Cloud Outlook 

Presidential elections in the two countries at the heart of Latin America's drug trade both brought significant change in 2018: Colombians responded to a cocaine...