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Camilo Torres Martinez, alias 'Fritanga'

Saga of Narco-Playboy Shows Weakness of Colombia’s Prison System

...in Bogota, one of Colombia’s most high-security institutions. However, his stay was short. Within a month of his arrival, Fritanga, along with another alleged drug trafficker, Andres Arroyave, alias...
13 women were murdered in Buenaventura in 2013

Sadism, Death and Abuse: Women and War in Buenaventura

...the area,” said “Luz,” who works with several women’s rights organizations in the region and who did not want her real name published for security reasons. Sometimes women become...
Colombia's security forces tout the capture of alias "Peker"

Arrest May Shake Up Urabeños War in Colombia’s Caribbean

...which recently listed the colonial town as the world’s 29th most violent city. The conflict has attracted attention from the Colombian security forces, who recently announced the capture of...
Fishermen on Lake Maracaibo

Venezuela Pirates Harassing Fishermen

...looting, mass assaults, drug trafficking, rapes, kidnappings, and homicides.” In response, Venezuelan authorities have initiated a security offensive against the pirates, but none have yet been detained, according to...

Former Argentina Spy and Major Sex Trafficker Arrested in Mexico

...the organizations, the links with the security forces, the doctors who treated the women. We have a clearer picture of how the system works,” Alejandra Mangano explained. But as...
A "muertero" in El Salvador

For El Salvador Funeral Homes, Business is Booming

...permitted him to think about his future, about his old age. He has started putting money into a social security and a pension fund. He wants to take advantage...

Corruption Index Shows Mixed Picture in Latin America

...private sectors. The data used to generate scores for this most recent index was collected between 2014 and 2015.  InSight Crime Analysis  Haiti and Venezuela’s continued poor performances on...
Florence Cassez, freed after seven years in Mexican prison

How to Protect Mexico’s Justice Reforms

...entity (the national statistics insitute INEGI? The Federal Judicial Council? The Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System? The Superior Audit Office?) could construct a series of performance...

Bolivian Police Blame Santa Cruz Crime on Drug Disputes

...Bolivia. Three armed robberies took place last weekend in the city, including the murder of a security guard and the theft of more than $15,000 from a private residence....

The ‘Invisibles’: Colombia’s New Generation of Drug Traffickers

...the field, drug trafficking is mutating once again. This time Colombia’s drug lords realize that their best protection is not a private army, but anonymity. That is why we...

Argentina Seizes 12,000 Pills in Synthetic Drug Ring Bust

...investigation into the drug ring, which operated in the northern Buenos Aires metropolitan area. Security Minister Sergio Berni described the group members as “upper-middle class” who all drove imported...

US Busts Puerto Rican Drug Smuggling Ring

...the trafficking operations involved airline workers exploiting their security clearance to smuggle the narcotics into the airport before handing them over to others in airport bathrooms to take on...