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The DEA Academy: The Double Agent Factory

It must have felt like a real kick in the gut for those at the DEA when they found out that Commander Iván Reyes Arzate, who had been an agency lackey for eight...
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Costa Rica’s Security Minister Talks Cocaine, Killings, and Organized Crime

Costa Rica has had a tumultuous start to 2020. The country seized the largest ever haul of cocaine within its borders and homicides...
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For Ecuador’s Fishermen, ‘Vueltas’ Rarely End in a Return

A new report sheds light on US authorities' controversial practice of detaining Ecuadorian fishermen acting as drug mules in international waters and holding them...
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Paraguay Shakes Up Drug Policy with First Medical Cannabis Licenses

Paraguay issued its first-ever medical cannabis licenses this February, marking a major shift for the marijuana-producing country while raising questions about its...
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War, Prohibition and Narcotics – A Historical Look at Drug Policy

Two new books aim to reorient understanding of the foundations of drug policy: the first a nuanced exploration of the historical intersection of drugs and war, the...
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InSight Crime Conference Talks Trends, Perspectives on LatAm Organized Crime

For the second consecutive year, some of Latin America’s leading academics and experts in the field of organized crime convened in the Colombian capital of...
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Sucumbíos: Lawless Ecuador Border Province Is Sanctuary for Traffickers

In January 2019, heavily armed gunmen traveling in a truck and on a motorbike ambushed a small group of anti-narcotics agents in Sucumbíos, the Ecuadorean province...
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Esmeraldas: An Ecuador Province Gripped by Drug Conflict

For the Ecuadorean province of Esmeraldas on the Pacific side of the Colombia border, 2019 began with a warning that the horrors of the past year were no...
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Ecuador: A Cocaine Superhighway to the US and Europe

Little attention is paid to Ecuador. The murder rate is low, and there are no drug cartels like those that have dominated the criminal landscape in Mexico and...
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Half of All Destroyed Coca Crops Replanted in Colombia

The Colombian government has been lauding the success of its stringent targets for the eradication of coca crops nationwide, but with replanting rates estimated at...
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Testing Wastewater Paints Drug Use Map Across Mexico

A pilot study in Mexico is showing promising results for measuring the frequency and type of drugs being used across the country by measuring metabolites in...
Presidential candidates in Argentina debate their proposals ahead of elections on October 27
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Opposing Views on Security Battle it Out for Argentina’s Presidency

With Argentina set to vote for its next president on October 27, the ongoing campaign has given hints of how the candidates would tackle the country’s evolving...