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New PCC Crime Boss Consolidates Power on Brazil-Paraguay Border

The presence of a new Brazilian crime boss operating on the border with Paraguay illustrates the sophisticated expansion strategy of Brazil’s most powerful gang...
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Weekly InSight: Behind the Scenes of Our Investigation of MS13 in the Americas

In our February 15 Facebook Live session, Co-Director Steven Dudley, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa took a...
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Why Trump is Wrong to Blame Migration for MS13 Expansion, Violence

President Donald Trump used his first State of the Union Address to blame the expansion and violence of the MS13 gang in the US on the "deadly loopholes" in the...
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Mexican Cartels in Colombia: Setting Up Shop or Seeking New Partners?

Colombian authorities have reported that Mexican cartels are attempting to establish themselves in the South American country. However, the presence of suspected...
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Mexico Drug Lord’s Brazil Arrest Sheds Light on Regional Anti-Crime Cooperation

The arrest of a Mexican drug lord in Brazil sheds new light on the international operations of one of Mexico’s most powerful crime groups, and suggests that...
Are Mexican cartels present in Ecuador?
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Ecuador Officials Reject Report Saying Mexico Cartels Operate There

Law enforcement officials in Ecuador rejected a recent report indicating that Mexican cartels have a presence there, in what is likely an attempt to preserve the...
Costa Rica's Caribbean Port of Limón
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Report Unravels Transnational Strands of Costa Rica Drug Trade

A recent report has shed new light on the dynamics of the drug trade in Costa Rica, highlighting how transnational criminal groups have co-opted local individuals...
Adrián Velarde Huamaní, alias "Chato Adrián"
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‘Most Wanted’ Peru Drug Trafficker Captured in Brazil

The arrest in Brazil of a wanted drug trafficker from Peru who was on the run for more than a decade illustrates how trafficking dynamics have evolved in Peru's...
Rocco Morabito of Italy's 'Ndrangheta
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Fugitive Italian Latest Foreign Crime Boss Captured in Uruguay

An Italian crime boss and one of Italy's most wanted criminals has been arrested in Uruguay after decades on the run, highlighting another case in which an...
Paraguayan political figure Fredy Alberto Godoy Segovia, center, arrested in Bolivia
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Paraguay Politician Arrested in Bolivia With 5 Tons of Marijuana

A Paraguayan politician was arrested during Bolivia's biggest marijuana seizure this year, highlighting how deeply involved Paraguay's officials have become in the...
Balbín Antonio Castillo Nole following his 2012 arrest
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Head of Copycat MS13 Offshoot Captured in Peru

The capture of the head of Peru's own "Mara Salvatrucha" is likely an example of Central America's MS13 inspiring similar -- but probably unconnected -- criminal...
Brazil's PCC may have up to 1,500 members in Bolivia
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Too Little Too Late? Bolivia, Brazil to Boost Efforts Against Criminal Migration

Authorities in Bolivia and Brazil will enter into a bilateral agreement later this month aimed at combating the expansion of Brazilian criminal groups into Bolivia,...