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Costa Rica Arrests Point to Security Forces’ Growing Drug Trade Ties

Authorities in Costa Rica have arrested several members of a drug trafficking network led by former security officials, highlighting a trend of deepening security...
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Dominican Republic and Venezuela: Cocaine Across the Caribbean

Drug traffickers have a problem exporting drugs from Venezuela. There are few commercial flights, little container shipping, no tourists and a collapsed fishing...
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Paraguay President’s ‘Soul Brother’ Could Surrender in Laundering Case

A friend of Paraguay's president accused of leading a large, international money laundering scheme has reportedly offered to turn himself in to authorities. But his...
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Honduras and Venezuela: Coup and Cocaine Air Bridge  

On the morning of Sunday, June 28, 2009, Honduran soldiers burst into the presidential palace in the country’s capital, Tegucigalpa, rustled President...
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Colombia and Venezuela: Criminal Siamese Twins   

Colombia and Venezuela have shared criminal dynamics for decades. Colombia has pushed cocaine through Venezuela on its journey to US and European markets,...
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Weekly InSight: Is Venezuela a Mafia State?

In our May 17 Facebook Live session, co-director Jerry McDermott and Spanish editor Ronna Rísquez explained the characteristics that transformed Venezuela into a...
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The Devolution of State Power: The ‘Colectivos’

They are known by supporters as “knights of steel” on their motorcycles, and as the most ardent defenders of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution. Yet now they...
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Former El Salvador President to Stand Trial for Money Laundering

A former president in El Salvador is set to stand trial for allegedly embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars from the state to personal accounts, which could...
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3 Ways to Measure Guatemala’s New Attorney General

Amid an increasingly tense political environment, María Consuelo Porras will become Guatemala’s new attorney general. Porras may determine whether...
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Drug Trafficking Within the Venezuelan Regime: The ‘Cartel of the Suns’

In Latin America, criminal entrepreneurs in the form of cartels, have traditionally run drug trafficking. In Venezuela, it is managed from within government,...
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Guatemala Accusations Amp Up Tensions Between Presidency, AG’s Office

Less than 48 hours before a new attorney general takes office, prosecutors in Guatemala have added another and perhaps the strongest layer of accusations against...
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7 Reasons for Describing Venezuela as a ‘Mafia State’

There is no universally accepted definition of what constitutes a "mafia state." Here are seven arguments as to why we think Venezuela qualifies and what the...