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...
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega after casting his vote
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Will Ortega’s Grip on Nicaragua Politics Open Door to More Corruption?

Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega has been re-elected to a fourth term in office in a landslide victory. But as his inner circle tightens its hold on power,...
Police officers in Nicaragua
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Why Is Nicaragua 7 Times Less Violent Than Honduras?

A newspaper in violence-plagued Honduras investigated why Nicaragua enjoyed a much lower homicide rate and credited its neighbor's relatively professional and...
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Elites and Organized Crime: Methodology

This study focuses on four countries: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Colombia. Each presents different challenges and opportunities for research, and makes its...