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New Index Finds Corruption Worsening Across Latin America

An index looking at the ability of Latin American countries to combat corruption has highlighted that signs of progress are still few and far between, and the...
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Corruption and Graft Afflict Latin America’s Pandemic Response

As Latin America emerges as the new global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, corruption has proliferated, with politicians and middlemen quick to line their...
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Capital Murder: 2019 Homicide Rates in Latin America’s Capital Cities

In a year marked by political and criminal turmoil, Latin American capitals did not escape the effects of the violence, organized crime and state repression...
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InSight Crime’s 2019 Homicide Round-Up

Unrest gripped much of Latin America and the Caribbean throughout 2019. From record violence in Mexico that recalled the darkest days of the drug war,...
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GameChangers 2019: 10 Predictions for Organized Crime in 2020

The year was one of political tumult, fed in no small part by organized crime and its favored weapon: corruption. The region appeared to take a step backwards...
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Arrests Thrust Dominican Republic’s Top Drug Lord Into Spotlight

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have dismantled one of the country's most sophisticated crime syndicates, but the exploits of its leader, who is still on the...
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Major Odebrecht Corruption Cases and Investigations in 2019

Since beginning in Brazil with the “Operation Car Wash” (“Operação Lava Jato”) investigation in 2014, the Odebrecht corruption scandal has been headline...
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US Fentanyl Seizure Suggests Evolving Mexican-Dominican Links

US authorities arrested two Dominican citizens in connection to a multimillion-dollar fentanyl shipment delivered from Mexico, suggesting that relations between...
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Dominican Republic and Venezuela: Cocaine Across the Caribbean

Drug traffickers have a problem exporting drugs from Venezuela. There are few commercial flights, little container shipping, no tourists and a collapsed fishing...
José David Figueroa Agosto
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Trafficking Routes Up for Grabs After Fall of Top Caribbean Drug Kingpin

The man who was once considered the most powerful drug kingpin in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico has been convicted and sentenced to decades in a US prison,...
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Fleeing Venezuelans a Business Opportunity for Organized Crime

Venezuelans fleeing the nation's political and economic crisis are boosting both criminal profits and the sources of cheap labor for organized crime across the...
Judge Ortega sentenced top DR officials to prison pending Odebrecht graft trial
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Top Dominican Republic Officials Imprisoned Pending Odebrecht Trial

Several top officials in the Dominican Republic have been remanded to pretrial detention for alleged ties with a massive graft scandal involving Brazilian...