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Popular Guatemala Mayor’s Ties to ‘Narco Family’

A profile from the Guatemalan online news site Plaza Publica of a flamboyant former mayor from north Guatemala, who slashed poverty and protected the environment...
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Plaza Publica: The Decline of Guatemala’s Drug Dynasty

Following the capture of Waldemar Lorenzana, alias "El Patriarca," head of one of Guatemala's biggest drug trafficking groups, Mexican gang the Zetas are tightening...
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Guatemalan Drug Kingpin Arrested with US Assistance

With the arrest of alleged drug kingpin Waldemar Lorenzana, organized crime in Guatemala seems to have taken a hit. However, a closer examination of the...
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Belize May Begin Patrolling Guatemalan Border

Belize's ambassador to Guatemala has said that the Belize military may begin patrolling the Guatemalan side of the border in order to better combat a "spillover" of...
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Lorenzanas

The Lorenzanas are a traditional contraband family, who, over time, became enmeshed in the lucrative drug trade. The group's criminal career ended in the early...
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Central America’s ‘Transportistas’

The U.S. Government estimates that 90 percent of the illicit drugs entering its borders passes through the Central American Isthmus and Mexico. Of this, close to...