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Colombia Attorney General Confirms Identity of ‘Memo Fantasma’

Colombia’s top prosecutor says that Madrid-based businessman Guillermo León Acevedo Giraldo is Memo Fantasma, confirming InSight Crime's investigation into the...
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Honduras Politician’s Murder Linked to Underworld Violence in Copán

The recent murder of Hugo Pinto Aguilar, a former congressman for Honduras' ruling National Party, suggests a shift in criminal power in one of the country's prized...
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The Never-Ending List of Allegations Against Mexico’s Former Top Cop

The former head of Mexico’s federal police has been implicated in a money-laundering scheme that moved millions in suspected bribes from cartels. This is just the...
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The Two Deaths of Agent Sherill Hernández in Honduras

Twenty-eight-year-old Honduran investigator Sherill Yubissa Hernández Mancía died two different ways, depending on whom you ask. Found in a pool of blood by...
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President of Honduras Congress Linked to Cachiros Drug Cartel: Report

A news investigation has linked the president of Honduras' congress to a major drug clan, exposing further connections between the country’s top government...
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US Indictments Highlight Venezuela-Central America Drug Connections

Recent US indictments have shown in detail how Venezuela was at one point a key stepping stone for cocaine heading to the United States via Central America and how...
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Which Accusation Could Bring Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Down?

The accusations, both legal and political, against Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro have come in thick and fast: alleged interference in police affairs, trying...
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Yet More Accusations Against Honduras President, But Will They Matter?

The latest accusations against Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández are the most damning yet and add further weight to his alleged role as a co-conspirator in...
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Six Ways Coronavirus is Impacting Organized Crime in the Americas

Criminal groups across Latin America have been forced to dig deep by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown. Moving drugs and contraband, shaking down...
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Francisco Reyes Pacheco, Almost the Luckiest Man in Honduras

Francisco Reyes Pacheco is facing his share of legal problems, being embroiled in a drug trafficking scandal in the United States and having been forbidden from...
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All Bark, No Bite: How US Bungled Case of ‘Major’ Money Launderer

US authorities alleged Nidal Waked and other members of his powerful and well-connected family in Panama were among “the world’s most significant drug money...
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Coronavirus Clemency: Detainees Seek Freedom Across Latin America

As the coronavirus crisis exposes the strains on Latin America’s notoriously overcrowded prison system, members of the region’s criminal elite are seeking...