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Coronavirus and Organized Crime

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Organized Crime in 2020 – Highlights of InSight Crime’s Annual Conference

A number of Latin America’s leading academics, investigative journalists and security experts gathered virtually December 3 to discuss the most pressing...
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Bolivia Dealing with Contraband Surge During Pandemic

Authorities in Bolivia this month have seized several large contraband shipments, as the country's economic struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic continue to...
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Stolen Flu Vaccines Show Mexico’s Black Market Adapted to Coronavirus Demand

A flu vaccine in Mexico has become the latest drug to emerge on Latin America’s burgeoning black market medicine trade, highlighting how criminal groups are...
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With Pandemic Raids, Bukele Government Faces Major Investigation in El Salvador

El Salvador authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the government’s coronavirus pandemic spending, marking the severest legal action to date...
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Demand for Illegal Alcohol Claiming Hundreds of Lives Across Region

A sizeable seizure of adulterated rum shipped to Honduras from Europe reveals the extent to which black markets for alcohol in Latin America have expanded in...
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Paraguay Forest Fires Fueled by Increasing Marijuana Demand During Pandemic

The forest fires that have blazed across Paraguay in recent weeks seem to have been, in part, started by criminal groups seeking to clear space for more marijuana...
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What Lies Behind Armed Robbery of Cancer Drugs in Mexico City?

A massive robbery of nearly 38,000 cancer drugs from a warehouse in Mexico City points to a growing sophistication in the country’s lucrative black market for...
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Argentina Marijuana Trade Unfazed by Increased Security Controls

Argentina’s strategic location and booming consumer market has made it a major transshipment point for illegal drugs like marijuana, and a growing number of...
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Coronavirus Yet to Halt Peru’s Contraband Cigarette Trade

Police in Peru have recently seized large quantities of contraband cigarettes in one of the capital’s most populous districts, in what is just the latest...
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COVID-19: Gangs, Statemaking, Threats and Opportunities

It was March 2020, not long after fear of the coronavirus began spreading across the Americas, when several major criminal groups started employing their own form...
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Why Oil Theft Spread Across Latin America During Pandemic

From mostly being a lower-level criminal annoyance, oil theft has spread across Latin America during the coronavirus pandemic as a way for gangs to supply thriving...
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Illicit Alcohol Market Drives Another Epidemic in Mexico

A spate of deaths following the consumption of adulterated alcohol suggest pandemic restrictions on alcohol sales have encouraged the expansion of a perilous black...