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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...
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EPL, Rastrojos Behind Rising Violence in Venezuela Border State of Táchira

A recent shootout at the main border crossing between Colombia and Venezuela and the killing of five people in another Venezuelan frontier town shows that clashes...
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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...
Paraguayan authorities seized a plane used to transport cocaine
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Ecuador Continues to Struggle Against Narco Flights

Ecuador launched an operation to try and halt the flow of narco flights, planes carrying drug shipments, in early April, showcasing how such flights have become...