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Seized ‘Narco-Pets’ Fill Mexico’s Zoos

Officials in Mexico are scrambling to house exotic animals confiscated from the collections of drug kingpins, according to a report from the Associated...
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Colombia Declares War on Timber Trafficking Mafia

Colombia’s government announced a “crusade” against illegal logging, vowing to clamp down on the multi-million dollar timber trafficking industry which, it says,...
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Guatemala Moves to Deter Eco-Trafficking

Guatemalan authorities are set to enforce stricter airport security measures in hopes of better combating eco-trafficking, or the smuggling of endangered plants and...
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Activist Murder Adds to Death Toll in Brazil Amazon

A peasant activist was murdered in Para state, in Brazil's Amazon, in the latest of a spate of apparent hired killings which some have linked to land...
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Brazil: Amazon Murders Reveal Dark Pattern of Land Conflicts

Following a string of murders in a logging village in Brazil's Amazon, the government is working to increase state presence in lawless regions of the country where...
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Police Announce Record Eco-Trafficking Raid in Mexico

Mexico police announced the results of a three-day raid intended to crack down on wildlife trafficking, reports Reuters. In a nation-wide sweep, police recovered...
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Belize May Begin Patrolling Guatemalan Border

Belize's ambassador to Guatemala has said that the Belize military may begin patrolling the Guatemalan side of the border in order to better combat a "spillover" of...
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Global Financial Integrity – ‘Transnational Crime in the Developing World’

Global Financial Integrity, a branch of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for International Policy, released a new report today entitled "Transnational Crime in the...
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Gordon Ramsay Goes Shark Fin Fishing

Chef Gordon Ramsay, the backbiting Brit who spends most his days on his television show "Hell's Kitchen" ripping apart poorly trained sous-chefs, showed a more...
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10,000 Animals Rescued in Interpol Operation in Colombia

In a two-month operation with Interpol, Colombian police rescued 10,000 animals as part of an offensive against eco traffickers in the...
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Criminals Control Mercury Mines in Cordoba

Emerging Criminal Groups or BACRIM's are overrunning mercury mines in Córdoba and Antioquia, President Juan Manuel Santos announced. The mines are contaminated the...
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New Trade for Traffickers: Cattle Rustling

Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) like Mexico's La Familia, is entering the cattle rustling business, according to a lengthy article in El Universal. The...