Adrián Velarde Huamaní, alias "Chato Adrián"
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‘Most Wanted’ Peru Drug Trafficker Captured in Brazil

The arrest in Brazil of a wanted drug trafficker from Peru who was on the run for more than a decade illustrates how trafficking dynamics have evolved in Peru's...
Coca cultivation and production in Bolivia and Peru held steady in 2016
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Bolivia, Peru Cocaine Figures Show Colombia Driving Andean Boom

Newly released data on coca cultivation and cocaine production in Bolivia and Peru shows little significant change from last year, reinforcing the notion that...
Keiko Fujimori, accused of ties to Odebrecht scandal
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Another Top Peru Politician Embroiled in Odebrecht Scandal

With four former presidents either in jail or fleeing arrest and another top politician now facing allegations of money laundering, Peru is steadily uprooting the...
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LatAm Presidents and the Law: Is Era of Impunity Nearing Its End?

From kidnapping and mass murder to money laundering and misuse of public funds, contemporary Latin American leaders have been investigated for a broad range of...
Balbín Antonio Castillo Nole following his 2012 arrest
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Head of Copycat MS13 Offshoot Captured in Peru

The capture of the head of Peru's own "Mara Salvatrucha" is likely an example of Central America's MS13 inspiring similar -- but probably unconnected -- criminal...
David Bazán Arévalo, mayor of Tocache, Peru
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Peru Mayor’s Arrest Reveals Ties to Drug Trafficking and Terrorism

On July 26, Peru's counternarcotics police arrested David Bazán Arévalo, the mayor of Tocache, on charges of financing and supplying weapons of war to a...
Helicopters deployed for an antinarcotic operation in the VRAEM
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Peru Anti-Crime Operations Show Drug Trade’s Resilience in VRAEM

A large cocaine seizure in a dismantled clandestine lab and repeated ambushes against security forces point to persistent criminal activity in Peru's main...
Graffiti that reads "Against Corruption"
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After Lula’s Conviction, A Typology of Presidential Corruption

On the surface, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's 9-year sentence for corruption seems reminiscent of numerous corruption cases targeting...
Peru authorities burn an illegal mining site
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After Massive Police Op, What’s Next in Fight Against Illegal Gold?

In a massive operation, more than 2,000 police officers destroyed dozens of illegal mining camps in the heart of the country's mining area. Still, it's not clear...