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How Organized Crime Damages the Environment in LatAm

As delegates descend on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Rio+20 environmental sustainability conference, Insight Crime maps how Latin America’s criminal gangs...
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Honduras, Guatemala Discuss Binational Border Police

Honduras and Guatemala are in talks to create a joint security patrol for their 256 kilometer border, where Mexican drug cartels like the Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels...
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Rastrojos Power Vacuum Leaves Colombia’s Pacific Vulnerable to Upheaval

Authorities in southwest Colombia's Valle del Cauca province are bracing themselves for another violent realignment of underworld forces following the capture of...
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Ecuador Identifies Illegal Crossings on Colombia Border

Ecuador's government has reported the existence of 26 unsanctioned border crossings into Colombia, which pose a security problem to both countries, as Ecuador is...
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In Battle for Sierra Madre, Old Allies, New Foes Displace Thousands

A flood of villagers are fleeing their homes in the state of Sinaloa, driven out by a battle between two of the country's biggest criminal organizations -- the...
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In Mexico, Cartel Fragments Battle for Control of Morelos

Splinters of once-powerful criminal cartels are causing havoc in the central state of Morelos, in an example of how much of Mexico's violence is now driven by newly...
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Mapping Sinaloa Cartel Operatives in Juarez Battleground

The latest US indictment against Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman and other members of his Sinaloa Cartel is a mine of information about the group's activities and...
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With 18 Killed, Zetas Bring Nuevo Laredo War to Jalisco

Authorities in Jalisco, Mexico have discovered 18 human heads, along with other body parts, in two abandoned vehicles, possibly the Zetas' revenge for attacks by...
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El Salvador’s Perrones Regroup, Reestablish Dominance

Four years after several of its members were arrested, the Perrones, El Salvador's formidable illicit transport organization, has quietly regrouped, reestablishing...
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Brazil Security Surge Tries to Plug Leaks in Amazon Border

Brazil has deployed 8,700 troops to the northern Amazon frontier, its fourth ambitious border crackdown in less than a year. But questions remain about Brazil's...
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Has Colombia’s Biggest Mafia Boss Surrendered?

Reports that the head of Colombia’s most powerful drug cartel, the Rastrojos, has surrendered to US authorities are false, according to sources contacted by...
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Hostages Go Free, But Shining Path Shows its Strength

With the abduction of 36 gas workers in Peru, released days later under mysterious circumstances, the Shining Path’s southern faction have demonstrated that they...