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New Criminal Group Runs Fuel Smuggling at Colombia-Venezuela Border

Rivers of gasoline flow across the desert border from Venezuela into Colombia’s La Guajira department, nourishing an immense illegal market and enriching a new...
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The Eight Criminal Armies Supporting Venezuela’s Maduro Administration

The editor of one of Venezuela’s most important media organizations denounced that a combination of security forces and groups linked to organized crime have...
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos announces the country's largest-ever contraband sting
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Sinaloa Cartel Drug Money Behind Colombia’s Biggest-Ever Contraband Sting

Merchandise seized during Colombia's largest-ever anti-contraband operation was allegedly linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, an apparent illustration of the importance...
Venezuelan authorities seized over 7 tons of copper
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Venezuela Seizes Tons of Contraband Cable

Recent copper seizures in Venezuela show that basic supplies continue to seep out of the country as its economic crisis deepens, and people take desperate...
Contraband cigarettes seized in Paraguay
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Report Breaks Down Paraguay to Brazil Cigarette Smuggling Trail

A new investigation into the cigarette smuggling trail between Paraguay and Brazil lays out the inner workings of a criminal economy that generates huge profits for...
Guatemala's port of Santo Tomás de Castilla
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Crime Groups ‘Persist’ in Guatemala’s Customs System: Defense Minister

Guatemala's Defense Minister has denounced that criminal groups continue to infiltrate the country's customs system, suggesting that deeper structural reforms are...
Haiti is training a new army
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Haiti’s Revived Military Could Pose More Security Risks Than Solutions

Haiti is reconstituing its previously disbanded army after more than two decades, amid concerns about growing insecurity as a United Nations peacekeeping force is...
The day after the arrest of Castillo, police began removing the stands surrounding La Salada.
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Argentina Police Extorted Black Market Buenos Aires Shopkeepers: Officials

Authorities in Argentina successfully interrupted a major extortion ring in the capital Buenos Aires, in an operation that reveals how longstanding police...
Contraband smugglers between Bolivia and Argentina, dubbed “bagayeros”
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Smuggling of Drugs, People Spurs Violence in Argentina Contraband Hotbed

Recent media reports point to the rise of drug and human trafficking on the Bolivia-Argentina border as the cause of spiking violence among local...
Chilean authorities with confiscated contraband cigarettes
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Report Documents Explosive Growth in Chile Contraband Cigarette Trade

A new report indicates that Chile's contraband cigarette trade has increased exponentially during the past five years, a reminder of how profitable the illegal...
Counterfeit mobile phones destroyed by Brazilian authorities
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Contraband Cost Brazil a Staggering $41 Billion in 2016: Watchdog

Contraband cost Brazil tens of billions of dollars in 2016, according to two watchdog groups, an astonishing amount of money that illustrates the depth of the...
Venezuelan cash seized in Rio de Janiero
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Another Massive Seizure of Venezuela Currency Deepens Mystery

Huge amounts of Venezuelan banknotes have turned up thousands of miles from the country's border for the second time in a month, raising questions about the...