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Latin America’s History of Dirty Cops, Ministers and Generals

There is one element that has proven vital to the operational success of international drug trafficking organizations the world over, including Latin America, it is...
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Mexico City Braces for Impact from Jalisco Cartel Advance

Despite having long played down the presence of the powerful Jalisco Cartel in Mexico City, a series of recent moves are making such denials increasingly...
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How Did Culiacán Change After October 17? The Open Wound

The walls have now been patched up. There is nothing left on the streets but dust; customers are ready to go back into restaurants, the City Club wholesale store is...
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What Lies Behind Armed Robbery of Cancer Drugs in Mexico City?

A massive robbery of nearly 38,000 cancer drugs from a warehouse in Mexico City points to a growing sophistication in the country’s lucrative black market for...
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Drug Tunnel Discovery Highlights Battle for Mexico City’s Largest Market

The recent discovery of drug tunnels confirms how Mexico City's largest market continues to attract criminal groups, competing to dominate a range of illicit...
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US Arrest of Former Defense Minister Deals Blow to Mexico Military

The US arrest of Mexico's former defense minister on drug charges confirms what has been alleged by traffickers themselves: that the country's military, which...
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‘Ovidio Fest’ – Culiacán Asked to Celebrate Release of El Chapo’s Son

It has been one year since authorities in Mexico released Sinaloa Cartel scion Ovidio Guzmán to stop his gunmen from laying waste to Culiacán, and now a block...
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HSBC: Dirty Money and White Collars

As drug traffickers’ bank of choice for many years, HSBC allowed its services to be used as a conduit for money laundering. The US and Mexican governments even...
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COVID-19: Gangs, Statemaking, Threats and Opportunities

It was March 2020, not long after fear of the coronavirus began spreading across the Americas, when several major criminal groups started employing their own form...
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Why Oil Theft Spread Across Latin America During Pandemic

From mostly being a lower-level criminal annoyance, oil theft has spread across Latin America during the coronavirus pandemic as a way for gangs to supply thriving...
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Lost Property? Narco-Asset Seizures in Mexico Face Renewed Challenges

Recent allegations of theft, lost property and institutionalized corruption suggest Andrés Manuel López Obrador's well-publicized auctions of criminal assets are...
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Mexico to Close Prison Infamous for Narco Parties, ‘El Chapo’ Escape

A federal prison that housed some of Mexico’s most powerful crime bosses will shut down, marking the end for a facility that saw everything from high-profile...