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Guyana’s Mining Region is Open Door to Venezuelan Organized Crime

A recent Crisis Group report explores criminal dynamics in the Guyanese mining region bordering Venezuela, revealing how the chaos and violence of Venezuela’s...
Containers are prime targets of crime groups
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Argentina Customs ‘Mafia’ Earns Millions From China Imports

Authorities in Argentina are prosecuting 48 customs officials accused of leading an elaborate network that made millions forging records of Chinese imports,...
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Smuggled Ecuador Gas Fuels Colombia Cocaine Production

A massive flow of smuggled fuel from Ecuador into Colombia is benefiting drug traffickers who use it to produce cocaine and to gas up boats moving...
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Venezuela Archipelago, New Hotspot for Drug Smuggling

The Los Roques Archipelago -- a group of islands off Venezuela's northern coast known for their white sand beaches and turquoise waters -- has become a staging...
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Homeless People Abused to Smuggle Cell Phones in Costa Rica Jails

A group that used homeless people to smuggle cell phones and drugs into Costa Rican prisons is under investigation, the second time such a ring has been exposed in...
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Rental Cars from Argentina Exchanged for Drugs on Bolivia Border

An operation on the border between Bolivia and Argentina revealed that criminal organizations were exchanging stolen cars for narcotics, exposing a new transaction...
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Corrupt Paraguay Officials Allow Thriving Contraband Market Into Brazil

A series of raids have highlighted how widespread corruption among Paraguayan officials has allowed smugglers to operate with impunity along the Brazilian border,...
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Illegal Cigarettes Increasing Presence in Brazil and Southern Cone

Argentina, Chile and Brazil are struggling with increased demand for smuggled cigarettes, as these provide major revenue for criminal groups and result in massive...
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Colombia-Venezuela Border Reopens, But Hidden Trails Still Hotspots

The reopening of a major Colombia-Venezuela border crossing is an important step to stop Venezuelans from trekking across remote trails where they are easily...
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Colombia Flooded with Black Market Cigarettes

US tobacco giant Philip Morris has shut down its two factories in Colombia partly because of illegal cigarette sales, highlighting a spike in contraband...
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Pro-Government Guerrillas Mix Political, Criminal Interests in Venezuela

Pro-government guerrillas in Venezuela have begun training civilians in armed combat, showing the symbiotic relationship between embattled President...
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Ex-FARC Mafia Shaking Down Smugglers on Colombia-Ecuador Border

The hijacking of 11 vehicles loaded with contraband by ex-FARC Mafia along the border with Ecuador has revealed a new form of criminal financing for the former...