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Mega-Gang Turns Venezuela’s Largest Landfill into Criminal Fortress

Venezuela's largest garbage dump has become a lawless territory where waste has become the raw material for a lucrative and growing criminal...
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Bolivia Seizes Black Market Medicine

Customs authorities in Bolivia have seized nearly two tons of contraband medicine to begin 2019, highlighting the scale of the illegal...
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Mexico Still Struggling to Curb Illegal Medicine Epidemic

A Mexican senator has proposed tougher punishment for the illegal production and theft of medicine, as part of a renewed attempt to constrain the country’s...
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Spain’s Original Cocaine Cowboys Revealed in New Book

Snow on the Atlantic: How Cocaine Came to Europe provides an extensive dissection of how a sleepy corner of Spain grew to occupy a vital position in one of the...
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Costa Rica’s Port of Limón Feeds European Cocaine Pipeline

A remote port along the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica has long seen shipments of bananas and pineapples conceal another product: cocaine. Now that the Moín port,...
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Bronze Smuggling Leaves Venezuela’s Cemeteries Without Headstones

A recent investigation into the theft and smuggling of bronze in Venezuela has revealed the existence of an organized crime network, dismantling Venezuelan...
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Systemic Colombia Prison Corruption Reaches Top Officials

Two jail directors and 120 workers within Colombia’s national prison system are accused of charging inmates for perks, including better housing, in a case that...
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Synthetic ‘Pink Cocaine’ Crossing from Argentina Into Uruguay

Anti-drug officials in Uruguay are warning citizens about the arrival of a new kind of alleged pink cocaine from Argentina, underscoring how the synthetic drugs...
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Honduras Oil Theft Sees Renewed Attention for Old Crime

Oil theft in Honduras has been a reliable source of income for gangs for years, but the recovery of 50,000 liters of stolen fuel in the city of Puerto Cortés may...
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Pirates Control Ocean Between Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago

Increased pirate attacks in the waters between Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela show that criminal gangs in the Venezuelan state of Sucre are trying to dominate...
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Colombia Sees Booming Market for Synthetic Drugs at Home and Abroad

Colombia authorities have dismantled a network of traffickers who hid the synthetic drug ketamine inside superhero figurines on their way to the United States,...
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Marijuana Seizures Plummet in US and Mexico. Will Illegal Profits Follow?

Authorities on both sides of the US-Mexico border have seized far less marijuana in recent years — a sign that the spread of legal forms of the drug within the...