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‘Contador’ – Colombia’s Sought After Patron of Cocaine

A shadowy leader of his own army in Colombia's department of Nariño, suspected crime boss "El Contador" is accused of being one of the country's most powerful...
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Overview of Violence Against Social Leaders in Colombia

Social leaders across Colombia were murdered at an almost unprecedented rate in 2019, and for a wide range of causes. Criminal gangs seeking to protect their...
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Canary Islands Convenient Haven for Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering

An international drug trafficking network used an often-overlooked set of Spanish islands as a crucial thoroughfare along a key drug transit route for traffickers...
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War, Prohibition and Narcotics – A Historical Look at Drug Policy

Two new books aim to reorient understanding of the foundations of drug policy: the first a nuanced exploration of the historical intersection of drugs and war, the...
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Uruguay Navy Officers in Worrying Link to Drug Trafficking

A network of navy officials accused of providing jet fuel for aircraft transporting drugs has revealed startling corruption within Uruguay's security agencies, at a...
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Costa Rica Seizures Show Heightened Focus on Pacific Drug Route

Since 2020 began, major operations along Costa Rica’s western coast have brought in nearly 1,000 kilograms of cocaine showing the country’s increasing efforts...
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Los Pochos, Guatemala’s New Generation of Drug Runners for Sinaloa Cartel

The arrest of a mayor in Guatemala's northern department of San Marcos has unveiled a criminal structure known as "Los Pochos" which investigators see as heirs of...
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The Ecuador Fishermen Snatched Away by US Drug Warriors

Before the call dropped, Bexy learned the hazardous details of Manuel’s journey. Desperate to find money to rebuild their home, he had agreed to transport cocaine...
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Senior Police Linked to Family Drug Clans in Peru’s VRAEM

Authorities in Peru are investigating possible links between family clans dedicated to drug trafficking and members of the police that are willing to accept bribes...
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Record Cocaine Seizures in Brazil Reveals Drug Flooding Ports

Cocaine seizures in Brazil have hit a record high this year -- with the vast majority of drugs detected in cargo containers at the country’s...
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Drug Traffickers Used Venezuela’s Isla Margarita as Backdoor to Europe

A Venezuelan island in the Caribbean that is a popular tourist destination was used by a Colombian trafficker to move drugs to the United States and Europe, in...
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‘Transportista’ Groups Expand Operations in Costa Rica

A Costa Rican crime group earned more than $100,000 providing logistical support to drug traffickers -- evidence that “transportista” services in the Central...