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A marijuana farmer in Jamaica

Jamaica to Become Latest LatAm Nation to Decriminalize Marijuana

Jamaica plans to decriminalize marijuana before the end of the year, bringing it in line with many of its Latin American neighbors, but raising the question of what...
Jamaica is taking a hard line on gangs

Jamaica Anti-Gang Bill Approved by House Amid Controversy

Jamaica has passed controversial new anti-gang legislation, which opponents fear will criminalize broad sectors of vulnerable youth, and even supporters admit will...
Christopher "Dudus" Coke in DEA custody

Jamaica’s Organized Crime After the Fall of Dudus Coke

Entering the Tivoli Gardens ghetto in West Kingston, scars of the battle to arrest Jamaica's most infamous criminal kingpin, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, in May 2010,...
Jamaica Constabulary Force Commissioner Owen Ellington

Jamaica Murder Spike Gang Related: Police

Police in Jamaica have reported a spike in murders in the first nine months of this year, a pattern they attribute to a rise in gang numbers and...
Jamaica gangs like Shower Posse have political roots

How Caribbean Organized Crime is Replacing the State

In Caribbean locations like the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, criminal groups have established clear-cut alliances with political parties and sectors of the...
Jamaican police on an anti-drug operation.

Jamaican Police Target $300 Million of Drug Trade Assets

Jamaican authorities are targeting over $300 million dollars worth of alleged narco-properties in the western part of the island, reportedly linked to a resurgent...
Coast Guard officials in Florida unload seized cocaine in March 2012

US Senators Warn of Potential ‘Security Crisis’ in Caribbean

A new United States Senate report argues that the Caribbean faces a potential security crisis, and that the US must take action to prevent a future increase in drug...

Jamaica Kingpin ‘Dudus’ Coke Gets Maximum Sentence

A US court has sentenced Jamaican kingpin Christopher "Dudus" Coke to 23 years in prison, the maximum possible sentence for the crime figure who still enjoys a...

‘Jamaica Murder Rate Dropped 30% in 2012’

The Jamaica government says that the homicide rate is down to just two murders a day, a 30 percent drop from the beginning of 2012. But the security improvement may...

Jamaica Sees Lowest Monthly Murder Rate Since 2003

This March, Jamaica saw its lowest monthly murder rate in more than nine years, pointing to a sustained drop in violence, even though the country still has one of...

Support for ‘Dudus’ Coke Still Strong in Jamaica

As the case against "Dudus" Coke drags on, with his sentencing delayed for the fourth time, reactions from Jamaica give an insight into the complex nature of the...

Jamaica Seizes Over $8M in Assets, Looks to Expand Money Laundering Law

Jamaica has frozen more than $8 million in assets, some belonging to alleged drug traffickers, as the country rolls out legislation to target illicitly obtained...