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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,...
Central American gangs may be expanding in southern Mexico
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Are Central American Gangs Growing in Southern Mexico?

Authorities in Mexico's southern border region have detained a growing number of gang members in 2017. Their affiliation, however, is reportedly with two...
Unaccompanied migrant children in a Texas detention center. Credit: Revista Factum
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US Lacks Evidence Linking Migrant Children to MS13 Crimes

Representatives of three US federal law enforcement agencies were unable to offer the Senate Judiciary Committee any conclusive evidence of links (beyond isolated...
Steel coils were used to hide two metric tons of cocaine in Argentina
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Mexico Cartel Tied to Argentina’s Second-Largest Cocaine Sting

Authorities believe that the second-largest cocaine seizure in Argentina's history is linked to a Mexican cartel that exploited an unusual trafficking route,...
Spain's Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido inspecting the cocaine seized on June 4
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Maritime Seizures of LatAm Cocaine Shipments to Spain on the Rise

Authorities in Spain say they have seen a marked increase in maritime seizures of South American cocaine destined for Europe in the past two years, highlighting the...
Police inspect Honduras coca plantation
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Are Colombians Spreading the Coca Curse to Honduras?

Officials believe a coca plantation recently discovered in Honduras was set up by Colombians, suggesting a criminal migration that could potentially not only import...
A recent US anti-gang operation led to more than 1,300 arrests
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US Anti-Gang Operation Shows Complexity of Criminal Landscape

A six-week anti-gang operation headed by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led to more than 1,300 arrests nationwide. But a breakdown of suspects'...
Miro Rizvanovic Niemeier, alias "El Ruso"
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Bosnian Trafficker Tied to Urabeños Captured in Italy

The arrest in Italy of a Bosnian drug trafficker accused of working with Colombia's Urabeños crime group shows the growing links between South American and...