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Mexico Clears Ex-Defense Minister, Accuses US of ‘Fabricating’ Drug Charges

Authorities in Mexico said they will not pursue criminal charges against a former defense minister who US prosecutors accused of colluding with organized crime...
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Mexico’s Fentanyl Crisis Reached New Heights in 2020

Trafficking of the deadly opioid fentanyl skyrocketed in 2020 throughout Mexico, solidifying the synthetic drug's status as a top criminal economy and the country's...
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Migrants at Risk as Coronavirus Shutters Mexico Shelters

The coronavirus pandemic has forced migrant shelters in Mexico to close or limit capacity, exacerbating an already precarious situation for migrants vulnerable to...
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Labor Initiatives in Women’s Prisons Struggle to Reduce Recidivism

Labor initiatives inside women´s prisons in Latin America aim to improve employment opportunities for female inmates, so as to reduce the rate of repeat offenses....
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Mexico City’s Roaring Trade in Wildlife Trafficking

A series of unusual and contrasting seizures of rare fauna in the Mexico City area have raised important questions about the modus operandi of wildlife trafficking...
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GameChangers 2020: The Resurgence of the Central American Cocaine Highway

A rush of drug plane traffic from South America, coupled with traffickers smuggling large cocaine shipments after coronavirus border restrictions eased, led to a...
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GameChangers 2020: Conflicting US Approach to Latin America Organized Crime

President-elect Joe Biden has a chance to reset the table on US-Latin American relations, but the Donald Trump administration’s schizophrenic, transactional...
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What Do Security Law Reforms Mean for US-Mexico Organized Crime Fight?

Lawmakers in Mexico have passed a new law that limits the power and restricts the operations of foreign law enforcement agents in the country, raising serious...
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Major Oil Trader Fined for Bribes Across Latin America

The world’s biggest oil trading firm faces a large fine after a multi-country investigation revealed it bribed Brazilian, Mexican and Ecuadorian officials...
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Key Report Urges Ambitious Revision of US Anti-Drug Policy

Congress has released a sweeping report on drug policy in the Americas, laying out a long list of recommendations for curbing drug trafficking...
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Mexico Lacks Will, Means to Prevent Child Recruitment: Interview

Between 35,000 and 45,000 boys, girls and teenagers are apprehended and exploited by criminal groups in Mexico, according to Saskia Niño de Rivera, the director of...
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Stolen Flu Vaccines Show Mexico’s Black Market Adapted to Coronavirus Demand

A flu vaccine in Mexico has become the latest drug to emerge on Latin America’s burgeoning black market medicine trade, highlighting how criminal groups are...