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Illegal arms seized in Honduras

Honduras Illegal Firearm Seizures Rise Amid Ongoing Insecurity

Honduran officials say seizures of illegal firearms at border checkpoints are increasing rapidly, as the market for millions of illegal firearms continues to grow...
Detained members of a Colombian arms trafficking network

Recent Seizures Point to Thriving LatAm Arms Trade

A series of recent raids and reports highlights the thriving arms trade throughout Latin America, which serves to both profit illicit groups and to facilitate...
M-16 confiscated from a gang in El Salvador

El Salvador Gangs Wielding More Weapons of War

The government of El Salvador's militarized campaign against the country's street gangs has been met by an increasingly heavily armed reaction. El Faro's...
Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz

Mexico Minister Says US Gun Control Laws Fuel Criminal Violence

Mexico's foreign minister has blamed lax US gun control laws for the flood of illegal weapons into the country, in an unusually frank assessment of the impact of US...
Honduran authorities with seized firearms

80% of Homicides in Honduras Result of Gun Violence: Report

Firearms are reportedly used in more than 80 percent of all homicides in Honduras, almost double the global average, an epidemic fueled in large part by the ease...
Confiscated weapons in Michoacan, Mexico

Mexico’s Public Security Lost 13,000 Weapons in 10 Years

Nearly 13,000 guns have been lost or stolen from Mexico’s public security agencies over the last ten years, according to a recent report, a telling reminder that...
Arms and ammunition seized by Trinidad  and Tobago officials

Trinidad and Tobago Sees Worsening Security Situation

The security situation continues to erode in Trinidad and Tobago as the island nation struggles to combat organized crime fueled by the drug trade and deterioration...

El Salvador Accuses Ambassador of Arms Trafficking

Prosecutors in El Salvador have asked Congress to strip the country's ambassador to Germany and former Defense minister of immunity so they can pursue charges...
Venezuelan criminals are increasingly using grenades

Venezuela Criminal Arsenals Widen to Include Grenades

Venezuela has seen the highest number of deaths and injuries from grenades in Latin America over the past three years, with corruption in the military making...
A private security guard in Brazil

Security Firms are Big Source of Weapons for Rio Criminals

Over 30 percent of all weapons belonging to private security firms in Rio de Janeiro end up in the hands of criminals, authorities say, highlighting an important...
Criminals have targeted Uruguay's military arsenals in 2016

Attempted Thefts from Uruguay Military Arsenal Raise Concerns

A rise in attempted arms thefts from Uruguay's military barracks in 2016 has sparked debate over the criminal nature of the perpetrators involved, and again drawn...
Firearm recovered from Rancho del Sol and traced by ATF

‘Fast and Furious’ Weapons Found at Scene of Mexico ‘Massacre’

Weapons linked to the controversial US anti-gun trafficking operation “Fast and Furious” were found last spring at the scene of a bloody clash between Mexican...