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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...
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Legend of Colombia’s Narco-Subs Reaching Europe Becomes Reality

The discovery of a narco-submarine in Spain has raised questions about where and how these vessels are being used, since all previous seizures by Colombia and the...
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Bogotá Raid Shows Importance of Mexico Cartels for Colombian Coca

The dismantling of an international drug trafficking organization led by a powerful Mexican cartel is yet another example of how their money fuels much of...
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Treasure, Corruption and Legal Machinations – Gerald’s Legacy in Ecuador

Gerald’s rise to becoming one of the most notorious drug traffickers Ecuador has produced to date was meteoric. But his fall has been just as dramatic, exposing...
Authorities in Argentina dismantled an organization whose leader operated from inside a prison in Rosario
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Argentina’s Piñero Prison Becoming Increasing Organized Crime Hotspot

Authorities in Argentina dismantled a drug trafficking organization whose leader operated from inside a prison in one of the country’s crime hotspots, unveiling...
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The Criminal Portfolio of the Ex-FARC Mafia

With Colombia now producing more cocaine than ever before, the rise of illegal mining, as well as widespread extortion, the ex-FARC mafia has all the resources it...