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‘Narco-Tank’ Factory Found in North Mexico

...and fixes. However, in the U.S., legitimate businesses are catering to Mexicans’ demand for armored vehicles. As UPI reports, companies such as Safeguard Security Holdings, Inc., which has a...

Ecuador Soldiers Allegedly Trafficked Weapons to Ex-FARC Mafia

...of Borbón in the coastal Esmeraldas province near the border with Colombia through parcels, interprovincial busses and private vehicles in order to avoid weapons checkpoints, according to a separate...

In Caracas, 4 Children Orphaned Every Day by Violence

...of a family even more. This was the case of Darwin José Valera, who was murdered early on September 1, 2017, when he was serving as a security guard...
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...

Why Mexico Drug Gangs Have Growing Stake in Elections

...collaboration with the authorities ever more important. In a recent piece for Nexos, security analyst Eduardo Guerrero Gutierrez pointed out that while criminal groups have long had an interest...
Lieutenant Colonel Robinson Gonzalez del Rio

Investigation Shows Colombia Military-Criminal Arms Trafficking Ties

...police and several private citizens that acquired guns, munitions and explosives for Colombia’s leading criminal organization, according to the Attorney General’s office. The ring would source arms parts from military...

Guatemala’s Big Corruption Scandal, Explained

...64 members, and was headed by Vice President Baldetti’s former private secretary Juan Carlos Monzon Rojas, according to the CICIG.  The Scam La Linea charged importers fees in exchange...

At Summit, Americas Unanimously Back New Regional Crime Body

...up before the end of the year. Mexico President Felipe Calderon said Sunday that the system would involve a working group made up of security and law enforcement officials...
An Israeli "Hermes" drone in Brazil

Drone Use in Latin America: Dangers and Opportunities

...to Venezuela in developing its first domestic drone. The United States, despite being a principal supplier of security aid to the region, has largely stayed out of the drone...

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....

Even Court-Approved Extraditions Have a Troubled, Bloody History in Guatemala

...by the George Washington University-based National Security Archive, added: “It is important to get Vargas, who is apparently both wealthy and inclined to violence, out of Guatemala quickly.” But...