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Venezuelan Police Clash With Indigenous Suspected Fuel Traffickers

A shootout between police in northern Venezuela and a suspected fuel trafficker, who was a member of the Wayuu people, draws attention to the role of the indigenous...
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Guatemala Police Retreat as Locals Protest Contraband Seizure

Guatemala's central police authority withdrew the police force based in a western border region, after local residents violently protested the seizure of contraband...
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Just Before Carnival, Colombia Police Seize Contraband Booze

Colombia police seized over $400,000 worth of contraband liquor smuggled from Venezuela, reportedly intended to keep revellers tipsy during the Barranquilla...
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Brazil Arrests ‘Smugglers’ after Ramming Plane to Stop Escape

Brazil’s Federal Police arrested a group allegedly trying to smuggle electronic equipment from Paraguay into northern São Paulo state, driving a police car into...
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Brazil Dismantles Military Police-led Contraband Ring

A special task force on public corruption has arrested eight military police accused of participation in a smuggling ring in Matto Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul,...
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Colombia’s Illegal Booze Trade Causing Headaches

Contraband liquor is an increasingly serious business in Colombia, not just for those made sick by tainted alcohol, but for law enforcement concerned that the trade...
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‘Paraguay Marines Fire on Brazil Police to Protect Smugglers’

Brazilian and Paraguayan forces allegedly exchanged fire last week in the crime-ridden border region, highlighting possible tensions between the security forces of...
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La Guajira: Up for Grabs for Colombia’s Drug Gangs?

The strategic Colombian peninsula of La Guajira, a sought after departure point for drugs heading across the Caribbean, may be up for grabs once more with the...
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Brazil Plans to Dispose of Seized Goods, Reduce Corruption

Brazil's government is considering changing the law so that contraband seized on the borders need not be stored by the state for the duration of court cases against...
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Paraguay Politician Gunned Down

A Paraguayan politician with ties to the cigarette industry was shot dead while driving in the Alto Parana province, close to the border with...
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US Tightens Controls at Texas-Mexico Border

The U.S. Border and Customs Protection agency will open seven new control booths along the border with Mexico at the crossing in Nuevo Laredo, Texas, the...
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Mexico Piracy, Contraband in Perspective

The head of one of Mexico’s most important business federations said recently that piracy and contraband represented a $74 billion industry in that country. It's...