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In Venezuela, Crime Literally Doesn’t Pay

The economic crisis in Venezuela has seen criminal gangs find ways to turn chaos into opportunity. But the situation has now become so...
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Venezuela Gang Muscles Into Trinidad and Tobago, Others May Follow

A Venezuelan criminal gang has migrated to the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago -- sounding alarms about the expansion of organized crime elements to the...
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Argentina’s Castedo Clan Continues to Survive Despite Top Arrests

Authorities in Bolivia have arrested a major player in the Castedo Clan, one of the most powerful drug trafficking clans in northern Argentina, but it is unlikely...
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GameChangers 2018: 5 Reasons LatAm Organized Crime Will Strengthen in 2019

It is hard to be optimistic for 2019. The current trends all point to a strengthening of organized crime throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, as the...
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Drug Suspect’s Arrest Raises Questions About Nicaragua Judicial Corruption

Authorities in Costa Rica arrested an alleged leader of an international drug trafficking organization while he was dining with the son of a Nicaraguan Supreme...
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Capture of Venezuela Mega-Gang in Peru is Ominous Sign for Region

The recent capture of several members of a Venezuela criminal group in Peru illustrates how criminals in the troubled Andean nation are migrating and sometimes...
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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...