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Ex-Governor Bribed by Jalisco Cartel Tests Mexico’s Anti-Corruption Resolve

New US sanctions against a former Mexican state governor and a top magistrate for links to the Jalisco Cartel has showcased ongoing links between the upper echelons...
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The Tale of a Guatemala Mayor and Half a Ton of Cocaine

Corruption seems to be the common denominator in Guatemalan politics, particularly in an election year. One particularly egregious case involves Otoniel Lima...
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US Corruption List Highlights Northern Triangle Presidents’ Criminal Ties

A new US list of corruption suspects in Central America includes officials with ties to sitting presidents -- an important step in recognizing how deeply corruption...
Foto: Alex Cruz/El Periódico de Guatemala
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Kamilo Rivera and the Ghosts of Guatemala’s Death Squads

Kamilo Rivera was a cop, an executioner and government minister. He is now on the run. Kamilo Rivera arrived shortly before 6 a.m. at his office in the colonial...
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Testimony Brings Honduras President Closer to Brother’s Drug Trade Ties

Newly unveiled testimony from the brother of Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández about his links to the drug trade is making it harder for the Central...
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Endless Corruption Probes Overshadow Upcoming Guatemala Elections

Guatemala's upcoming presidential elections continue to be marred by a raft of graft probes as authorities in the Central American nation announced another...
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Mysterious Deaths, Threats and Skulduggery Surround Odebrecht Investigation

A number of whistleblowers in the Odebrecht corruption scandal have died under mysterious circumstances, and now a prosecutor in Peru says that a...
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Peru Criminals Set Up Phony Govt Agency to Receive Bribes

A criminal group in Peru built a phony government office to swindle contractors bidding on a public works project. But the scheme only worked because such projects...
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US Drug Probe Lands Guatemala President in Hot Water

Controversy is swirling in Guatemala after evidence emerged showing that President Jimmy Morales used a helicopter owned by a presidential...
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Blood Ties and Family Clans Shape Argentina’s Underworld

Family clans have traditionally shaped Argentina’s criminal map. But a growing drug consumption market, historic prison corruption and a lack of coordination...
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Guatemala Presidential Candidate Solicited Sinaloa Cartel for Campaign Cash: US

US authorities have charged a Guatemalan presidential candidate with soliciting campaign funds from Mexico's Sinaloa...
Picture: La Voz del Interior
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Cocaine, Murder and Dirty Cops: Argentina’s ‘Safe’ Province of Córdoba

The killing of a powerful drug trafficker and the arrest of a top police officer in a strategically located province of Argentina has revealed how crime groups...