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US Life Sentence for Honduras Partner of ‘El Chapo’ Sets Precedent

A US court handed down a life sentence to a Honduran drug trafficker linked to the Sinaloa Cartel -- just the second time that a life term in prison has been given...
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Colombia Capo May Be First Ever Extradited to United States, Twice

A former member of Colombia’s Norte del Valle Cartel was the first Colombian to be extradited to face charges in the United States on two different occasions, a...
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The Mysterious Capture and Extradition of Guatemala’s ‘Ché Manuel’

Authorities identified him as one of the main drug traffickers in the department of Chiquimula, a trafficking corridor of large amounts of cocaine...
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Guatemala’s ‘Ghost’ Sentenced in US With Plea Deal That Could Spook Elites

One of Guatemala’s most notorious drug traffickers has been sentenced to more than two decades in a US prison. And his agreement to...
Washington Prado Alava claims to be a FARC member
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Is Ecuador’s ‘Pablo Escobar’ a Member of Colombia’s FARC?

A jailed Ecuadorean drug capo is claiming to be a member of Colombia's demobilized FARC guerrilla group in order to receive judicial benefits offered to former...
US Senator Dianne Feinstein
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US Congress Hearing Underscores Tensions Over Colombia Peace Deal

Criticism of Colombia's peace process with the FARC guerrilla group by US officials and experts at a recent congressional hearing underscored simmering...
Drug capos are trying to exploit the FARC peace accords
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Drug Capos Looking for Way Out Via Colombia Peace Accords

Authorities in Colombia have filtered out more than two dozen drug capos attempting to pass themselves off as FARC guerrillas in order to take advantage of judicial...
Atlantic Cartel leader Wilter Neptalí Blanco Ruíz
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Honduran Kingpin’s Plea Agreement May Have Damning Consequences

InSight Crime has uncovered new details about a plea agreement between US federal prosecutors and Wilter Neptalí Blanco Ruíz, the alleged leader of one of...
Álvaro López Nuñez is the brother of Dámaso López Núñez
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After Another Arrest, Is the Sinaloa Cartel Nearing Its End?

The brother of a jailed former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel has been arrested by US authorities, raising further questions about the future of the once-dominant...
Can US jurisdiction reach too far?
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As US Prosecutes Foreign Crimes, How Far Can Its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Reach?

The sentencing of a Zetas cartel assassin in Texas is the latest example of US prosecutors applying extraterritorial jurisdiction to foreign nationals for crimes...
A US judge will not guarantee payment for El Chapo's lawyers
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US Judge Casts Cloud Over El Chapo’s All-Star Defense Prospects

A US judge has refused to rule out the possibility that the defense lawyers looking to represent Mexico's most famous drug lord, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, could...
Colombia's profitable emerald mining industry has alleged ties to illegal activities
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Crime-Linked Colombia Emerald Barons Face Extradition on US Drug Charges

The United States has requested the extradition of several Colombian emerald magnates on drug trafficking charges, marking the first time US authorities have...