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InSight Crime’s 2017 Homicide Round-Up

Record highs, all-time lows, and a few surprises -- 2017 proved a remarkable year in terms of homicide levels for many a country across Latin America and the...
Ecuador's police force is one of the region's most trusted

Police Corruption Scandals Hit Well-Regarded Forces in Ecuador, Chile

In Ecuador and Chile, two of Latin America's most trusted police institutions have been hit by recent corruption scandals, a reminder that even the most...
Chilean authorities with confiscated contraband cigarettes

Report Documents Explosive Growth in Chile Contraband Cigarette Trade

A new report indicates that Chile's contraband cigarette trade has increased exponentially during the past five years, a reminder of how profitable the illegal...
Chilean authorities dismantled a large cocaine processing lab

Dismantled Chile Cocaine Lab with Bolivia Ties Hints at Evolving Crime Dynamics

Chilean authorities have dismantled yet another cocaine lab, used by a group of Bolivians and Chileans to process the drug into its liquid form, suggesting that...
Police in Latin America have greatly varied reputations

From Chile to Mexico: Best and Worst of LatAm Police

An embezzlement network uncovered within Chile's prized police shows that corruption can corrode even the most trusted of Latin America's security institutions....
Authorities in Santiago seized 426 kilos of a potent blend of Colombian marijuana

Colombian Marijuana Seizure in Chile Could Signal Market Shifts

More than 400 kilograms of high-quality marijuana from Colombia were seized in Santiago, Chile, a sign that Colombian traffickers may be increasing exports of a...
Valparaíso, the site of a youth drug diversion program

As Youth Drug Use Rises, Chile Tries Treatment Rather Than Punishment

Substance abuse by at-risk children and adolescents in Chile is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge that can have a negative effect on the country's...
US President Donald Trump

Trump Exemplifies Regional Trend of Blaming Crime on Migrants

New US President Donald Trump has ordered the construction of a border wall to keep out what he has labelled the "drug dealers, criminals and rapists" from Mexico....
Cocaine seizures in Chile are on the rise

Report Finds Drug Trafficking Through Chile is on the Rise

Recent official data indicates that Chile's role as a transit nation for drug trafficking has increased in recent years, a pattern that authorities say is directly...
The creamy form of cocaine was discovered in shampoo bottles

Cream Cocaine Latest Innovation by Drug Traffickers

Cream cocaine appears to be the latest novelty used by traffickers to help their drugs avoid detection, adding to a long list that has helped criminal groups stay...
Aerial surveillance along the Bolivia-Brazil border

Bolivia Minister Says Porous Border Aids Crime Groups

Bolivia's interior minister acknowledged at a regional summit that many border crossings remain vulnerable to criminal activities, a reminder of the Andean nation's...
Chilean border crossing

International Human Smuggling Ring Dismantled in Peru and Chile

A multi-country operation has dismantled a human smuggling ring described as the largest criminal organization bringing Dominican migrants to Chile, as those...