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Guatemala Arrests Alleged Leader of Mendoza Criminal Clan

Guatemalan authorities arrested an important member of the Mendoza clan, the second big blow in 17 months inflicted on a family ranked among the country's criminal...
Haroldo Mendoza Matta, captured (center)
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Leader of Mendoza Drug Clan Captured in Guatemala

The alleged head of the Mendoza family drug clan in Guatemala, and various other suspected members of the criminal group, have been arrested, striking a serious...
The Heredia Jaguars' stadium in Peten
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How a Good Soccer Team Gives Criminals Space to Operate

Local soccer teams give criminal groups in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America the ability to launder proceeds, evade taxes, and accumulate enough...
Police arrest Jose Ranferi Ponce Rodriguez
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Guatemala Police Capture then ‘Lose’ Major Drug Trafficker

Police arrested two drug traffickers in northeastern Guatemala, but apparently subsequently lost both suspects, in an embarrassing case for Guatemalan authorities,...
An alleged Texis Cartel member arrested in October 2012
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Could Central American Gangs Usurp Role of Mexico’s Cartels?

Costa Rica's attorney general has warned that with the decline of Mexico's powerful cartels, Central American gangs could rise and take control of criminal...
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Colombia Makes Mass Arrest of Gang Linked to Sinaloa Cartel

Colombia's police have announced the arrest of 34 suspected members of the Galeano Clan, a drug trafficking group which allegedly had links with the Mexican Sinaloa...
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As Elections Loom, Report Profiles Guatemala’s Drug Trafficking World

International Crisis Group’s new report on Guatemala paints a bleak picture of a country overrun by Zetas and a government undermined by local drug lords, but it...
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Drug Gangs Cast Shadow over Guatemala Campaign Funding

As Guatemala gets closer to election day, allegations of misdeeds continue to dog the campaigns, from murders of candidates to irregularities in campaign...
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Guatemala Presidential Frontrunner Linked to Narcos: WikiLeaks

A U.S. diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks revealed that Guatemalan presidential hopeful Otto Perez admitted to past links with the Mendoza family, said to be one...
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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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Guatemala Imposes State of Siege in Wake of Massacre

Guatemala declared a state of siege in the northern department of Peten as details began to emerge of the massacre of 27 farm laborers, believed to have been...
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Mendozas

Based in Guatemala's northern-most province of Peten, the Mendozas mainly ran contraband before becoming one of Central America's drug trafficking organizations...