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Defining Organized Crime: A Primer (and a Friendly Kerfuffle)

Leading academics, researchers, and journalists dedicated to the study of organized crime around the world convened November 15 in Bogotá, Colombia, to share the...
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Venezuela Institutional Weaknesses Facilitate Cocaine Trafficking: Report

A new study from Transparency Venezuela says that the country’s weak criminal justice system, made worse by the government’s cooptation of public institutions,...
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LatAm Crime Groups Adapting to Meet Growing US Drug Demand

As the opioid crisis continues to ravage the United States, with a record number of overdose deaths, crime groups in Latin America have taken advantage of the...
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Colombia Authorities in the Dark With New Anti-Drug Proposals

Colombia’s newly announced proposals to disrupt drug production by cutting access to power sources and alkaloids to rural areas might sound innovative on paper...
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Global Drug Policy, A Decade of Failure: Report

A new report says that global drug policy over the last decade has failed demonstrably in curbing illegal drug markets or reducing drug production, underscoring the...
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Canada Marijuana Legalization Puts Spotlight on LatAm Drug Policy

Recreational marijuana in Canada is now officially legal, and while the decision is unlikely have a significant impact on Latin America’s black market, it could...
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Colombia Drug Possession Decree Misses Mark

The seizure of more than 7 metric tons of drugs from users in nine days in Colombia after a decree effectively banning personal drug use has been heralded a success...
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‘Poverty Is Breeding Ground for Drug Trafficking:’ Argentina Security Official

Martín Verrier, Argentina’s deputy secretary for the fight against drug trafficking, spoke with InSight Crime about the criminal landscape in the South American...
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Coca Regions Most Deadly for Colombia Activists

A recent UN report shows that, in Colombia, the farming of coca for illicit use has not only increased, but has potentially also had significant adverse effects on...
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Paraguay Struggles to Overcome Challenges in Crop Substitution

A group of farmers in Paraguay announced they might return to marijuana cultivation, revealing the limits and challenges that crop substitution programs are facing...
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US ‘Call to Action’ on Drugs Shows Slipping Global Leadership Role

The United States put out a "Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem" ahead of the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, but several countries,...
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Legislation Challenges Efforts to Reduce Bolivia Female Prison Population

A new report says that progress made in lowering the number of marginalized women incarcerated for minor drug offenses in Bolivia is at risk of stalling unless...