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A Former Warlord is Back in Colombia, Will His Drug Trafficking Empire Follow?

Authorities in Colombia have arrested an infamous former paramilitary warlord after he returned to the Andean nation upon finishing his US prison sentence for drug...
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Crackdown on Illegal Mining Won’t End Ecuador’s Gold Rush

Thousands of police and military have swept through the north Ecuador district of Buenos Aires in an attempt to control the illegal mining boom that has ravaged the...
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Mexico-Australia Meth Connection Reveals Fresh Crime Dynamics

Mexico crime groups are targeting Australia, where high methamphetamine prices are attracting traffickers willing to negotiate the long and difficult journey with...
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Can Crocodile and Turtle Farms Reduce Mexico’s Eco-Trafficking?

Government-regulated crocodile and turtle farms have helped reduce illegal hunting and protect endangered species, but the illicit trade...
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El Salvador’s MS13: ‘We Trust in God and Nayib Bukele’

The online magazine Revista Factum interviewed a spokesperson for the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) who spoke on behalf of the entire gang. In this...
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For Medellín’s Oficina Capos, the Shuffle is Part of the Game

Authorities in Colombia have recently arrested three leaders of the Oficina de Envigado, a mafia that began under Pablo Escobar and has long controlled the city’s...
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Graffiti Death Threats – Venezuela’s New Tool of Fear

The recent appearance of threatening graffiti targeting political, social and student leaders in Venezuela is a previously unknown tactic in the country, although...
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...
Criminal families-familias criminales en Argentina
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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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Peru Targets Multinationals Linked to Sale of Illegal Gold

A new investigation into illegal mining has revealed that Peruvian prosecutors are digging into a large Swiss refinery for buying suspect gold. The case is the...
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A Death Foretold: Colombia’s Crop Substitution Program

The government’s failure to comply with the coca crops substitution program in Colombia has left the future of almost 100,000 families in limbo and sets up a...
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Glyphosate Alone Won’t Fix Colombia’s Complex Coca Woes

Colombia’s Constitutional Court is debating lifting a judicial ban on the spraying of glyphosate during the controversial aerial fumigation of illicit coca crops,...