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Elites and Organized Crime: Conceptual Framework – Elites

This InSight Crime project defines elites as: specific groups of people with a privileged position that allows them to control, direct or greatly influence the...
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Elites and Organized Crime: Preface

Organized crime is not an abstract concept for me. I grew up in Oak Park, a leafy suburb of Chicago with a population of about 60,000. In general, it was a very low...
Nicaragua's prisons are severely overcrowded
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Nicaragua Releases 8,000 Inmates from Overcrowded Prisons

Nicaragua has reportedly released the equivalent of 80 percent of its prison population over the last two years in a controversial measure to ease overcrowding that...
Head of the Tarzanes, Agustin Reyes Aragon
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Head of Nicaragua Drug Trafficking Ring Sentenced in Costa Rica

A court in Costa Rica has sentenced the head of Nicaragua drug trafficking group the Tarzanes, a reflection of the criminal organization's operational presence...
A commemorative event for slain Nicaraguan police
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Nicaragua Govt Says Police were Ambushed, Killed

Five police officers were killed in a notorious drug trafficking hub in Nicaragua, an unusual outbreak of violence in one of Central America's most peaceful...
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US and Central America’s Top Law Enforcement Officials Meet

Top law enforcement officials from seven Central American countries met with the US Attorney General to discuss rising violence, drug-trafficking, and organized...
Investigators survey the scene of the shooting
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Nicaragua Police Under Fire After Massacre of Family

Anti-narcotics police in Nicaragua mistakenly massacred a family then allegedly tried to cover it up, sparking a backlash against a force that has previously been...
Ulises Sarmiento points at bullet holes in his house after 2009 attack
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Arrest, and Release, in Nicaragua Illustrates Confusion About Honduras

The arrest, and quick release, in Nicaragua of a Honduran opposition political figure with suspected criminal links illustrates the complex overlap between politics...
Demands to combat illegal cattle trafficking in Nicaragua are growing
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Cattle Rustling A Growing Concern in Nicaragua

Nicaragua's government is facing growing calls to combat illegal livestock trafficking, an activity that frequently goes hand in hand with other types of organized...