Nicaragua security forces guard a seized drug shipment
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Nicaragua Claims No ‘Cartel’ Presence, But Past Cases Tell a Different Story

Authorities in Nicaragua are trumpeting their counternarcotics efforts, which they say have kept "cartels" out of the country. But a series of prosecutions of...
A leaner Amauri Carmona Morelos under custody
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Nicaragua Discreetly Prosecutes Prominent Drug Trafficking Suspect

Authorities in Nicaragua are discreetly prosecuting a major underworld figure from the country's Caribbean coast, highlighting the area's important but often...
Latin America struggles to prevent human trafficking
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Human Trafficking Network Dismantled in Panama

A Panama court has convicted and sentenced three members of a Nicaraguan-led human trafficking network focused on exploiting people for manual labor, a promising...
Drug trafficking has been linked to deforestation in Central America
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Drug Traffickers Destroying Large Sections of CentAm Forests: Report

A new study estimates that up to 30 percent of all deforestation in three Central American countries is due to cocaine trafficking, providing some much-needed data...
Indigenous territory in Nicaragua
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Nicaragua Indigenous Leader Says Loggers Offering Weapons for Wood

An indigenous leader in Nicaragua says loggers are offering weapons to his community in exchange for illegally logging forests in their territory, providing yet...
Colombian cocaine seized in the Caribbean
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US Report Shows Revitalized Central America Cocaine Corridor

The US State Department named seven Central American countries as havens for laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking and organized crime, and described the...
Costa Rica and Nicaragua’s bilateral meeting against organized crime
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Costa Rica, Nicaragua Join Efforts to Combat Organized Crime

A high level meeting between officials in Costa Rica and Nicaragua is expected to lead to greater cooperation on tackling several facets of organized crime, an...
Carmona holding his fake Nicaraguan ID in 2009
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Major Colombian Drug Trafficker Detained in Nicaragua

Nicaragua's authorities have detained Amauri Carmona Morelos, putting an end to the criminal career of one of the most prominent drug traffickers operating in the...
Authorities investigate the scene of a cargo robbery
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Cargo Robberies in Northern Triangle Hamper Regional Commerce

Criminal groups are stealing commercial shipments transiting Central America's Northern Triangle, illustrating how insecurity in the region is negatively impacting...