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Miro Rizvanovic Niemeier, alias "El Ruso"

Bosnian Trafficker Tied to Urabeños Captured in Italy

The arrest in Italy of a Bosnian drug trafficker accused of working with Colombia's Urabeños crime group shows the growing links between South American and...
Child pornography distributors created a global network using WhatsApp

Multinational Operation Targets Major Online Child Porn Network

An operation against a child pornography network that spanned at least 18 countries in Europe and Latin America has once again underscored the difficulties of...
Colombian police arrested William Rafael Vargas Maestre, alias "Canoso"

Arrests Suggest Colombia Traffickers Tightening Grip on Spain’s Drug Trade

Authorities in Colombia have arrested one of Spain's "most wanted" suspects and their Spanish counterparts have dismantled a Colombian-led drug trafficking ring,...
Spanish authorities with seized cocaine

Spain Arrests, Drug Seizures Signal Colombia Cocaine Boom Could Hit Europe

Authorities in Spain seized over one ton of cocaine from a Colombian drug trafficking network and arrested dozens of its members, a potential sign that the surge in...
Image taken from a video of the international bust

Spain and Morocco Bust Colombia Cocaine Trafficking Ring

Police in Spain and Morocco have dismantled what has been called the "most active" drug trafficking organization to operate across three continents, shedding light...
100 million euros worth of Colombian cocaine and 600,000 euros in cash were seized by French authorities in Bayonne

Large Cocaine Seizure in France Reflects Increasing Appetite for Drugs

The seizure of a metric ton of Colombian cocaine and a dismantled international trafficking ring in southwest France illustrate the increasing appetite for drugs in...
The Serbian drug trafficker Zoran Jaksic

Arrested Serb Highlights South America’s Balkan Connection

Argentina's request to extradite a Serbian crime boss provides insight into the Balkan mafia's long tentacles in Latin America -- a group that, over the years, has...
Spanish National Police photo of "Mexicano"

Spain Arrest of Barrio 18 Leader Signals Gang’s European Expansion

Spanish police have arrested an alleged leader of the Barrio 18 gang, a further indication that Central America's street gangs are seeking to expand their presence...
Juan Manuel Muñoz Luévano

Arrest of Alleged Cartel Operative Shows Mexico Drug Interests in Spain

An investigation by Spanish authorities has uncovered an alleged cocaine trafficking network headed by a Mexican citizen linked to several different drug cartels,...
Suspect baggage seized by Spanish police

Traffickers Evolving More Sophisticated Drug Mule Operations

Spanish police have broken up a network that allegedly moved cocaine from Colombia to Spain using a sophisticated and innovative twist on a classic method -- the...
Police photo from the arrest of Italian criminal Enricco Muzzolini

Colombia to Extradite Mafioso Back to Italy, Again

The story of an Italian criminal who is to be extradited from Colombia back to his home country indicates Italy's mafia remains powerful in Latin America, despite...
The ecstasy pills smuggled from Germany into Argentina

Argentina Seizes 67,000 Ecstasy Pills Imported from Germany

The discovery of over 67,000 ecstasy pills smuggled from Germany into Argentina sheds light on the supply-side dynamics of the country's rapidly growing synthetic...