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La Guajira governor 'Kiko' Gomez
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Colombia Governor Arrested For Multiple Murders, Crime Links

The governor of Colombia's La Guajira department, a major organized crime hub, has been arrested in a case which demonstrates the extent to which politics and...
Honduras police guard a seized Cachiros' property
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Cachiros Knew About Honduras Police Operation: Official

Honduras authorities announced that 71 bank accounts confiscated from the Cachiros were found empty, a sign of how institutional corruption is likely to hamper...
Honduras authorities guard confiscated Cachiros zoo
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The US Govt’s Dangerous Dance with Honduras

The US government's declaration of war on the Cachiros drug trafficking gang has sent a message to Honduras' economic and political elites that no one is...
The city of Medellin
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Medellin Truce Inches Groups Closer to Criminal Hegemony

The Medellin mafia, fragmented through bitter infighting, has called a truce and made an agreement with their rivals the Urabeños, seeking to rebuild the criminal...
Former anti-drug official Bayardo Ramirez
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Venezuela No.1 Trafficker in LatAm: Anti-Drugs Official

A former top anti-drugs official in Venezuela has lambasted corruption in the country and branded it the "number one" drug trafficking nation in Latin America,...
Honduran police seize a luxury property
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$800 Mn Cachiros Seizure ‘End of Phase One’: Honduras Police

Honduras' police chief has declared that $800 million seized from the Cachiros drug trafficking group is just the first phase of the operation, although with no...
Salvador Ramirez Soto, alleged leader of car theft ring
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Guatemala Breaks Up Car Theft Ring Linked to Texis Cartel

Various government employees were among the 22 suspects arrested in Guatemala in relation to a car theft ring linked to the Texis Cartel, highlighting El Salvador...
The Cachiros leaders
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US Pushes Honduras to Crack Down on Cachiros

The Honduras government, working closely with US authorities, has cracked down on one of Honduras' largest drug transport organizations, the Cachiros, seizing...
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Peru Army General Created 620 ‘Phantom Soldiers’

A Peruvian army general has been accused of making up 620 "phantom soldiers" to claim extra funding, an illustration of the endemic corruption that reaches the...
Suspects arrested in Salcaja murder case
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How Salcaja Massacre Tests Guatemala’s Resolve

Following the violent deaths of eight police in northwest Guatemala, the government began one of the biggest and most successful operations undertaken since the...
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Net Closing on El Salvador Cartel Leader

Police in El Salvador have rounded up 16 alleged members of the Texis Cartel, in the latest sign that authorities are edging ever closer to cartel kingpin "El Chepe...
The Kirchners and Lazaro Baez (right)
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Argentina, Uruguay Clash Over Money Laundering

The failure of Argentina's government to provide important information for a money laundering investigation into an Argentine government linked contractor has...