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Police in Mexico City

Report Maps Mexico City’s Organized Crime Landscape

A report mapping cartel presence in and around Mexico City as well as new details on the sophistication of the Tláhuac Cartel, which has been behind recent civil...
An Argentine police car at a crime scene

Deadly Argentina Drug Turf Wars Call Security Strategies Into Question

A series of killings in Buenos Aires and Rosario, Argentina linked to a booming microtrafficking business highlight ongoing insecurity in those areas, while raising...
Mexico Marines at the scene in Tláhuac

Officials Resist Blaming ‘Cartels’ for Deadly Mexico City Clashes

A clash between Mexico's Marines and a criminal group in Mexico City has left eight dead, again raising questions about shifting dynamics in the country's criminal...
Relatives of inmates outside Las Cruces prison in Acapulco

Mexico Prison Deaths Show Endemic Problems, Criminal Conflicts

A violent outbreak between rival gangs in a Mexico prison in the embattled state of Guerrero that left dozens of inmates dead reflects the fight for the local...

How ‘UberEATS’ Could Reduce Violence in Mexico City

The dismantling of a microtrafficking operation in Mexico City that used bags issued by UberEATS to deliver marijuana shows how dealers are using new, and, analysts...
Police descend on São Paulo’s “Crackland”

Brazil Police Mount Another Futile Crackdown on São Paulo ‘Crackland’

A police operation against an open-air drug market in São Paulo, Brazil has simply displaced the problem, as buyers and sellers moved their dealings to new...
Ecstasy seized in Argentina

Microtrafficking Grows, New Drug Routes Emerge in Argentina

Microtrafficking is on the rise in Argentina, according to a new report. New trends are impacting the trafficking landscape, but also raise questions over the right...
Colombia's internal drug market is worth $2 billion

Colombia’s Growing Local Drug Market Now Worth $2 Bn, Govt Says

Colombia's internal drug market has grown over the past few decades and is now worth an estimated $2 billion, a trend driven by changing economic and criminal...
Hydroponic marijuana laboratory in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Sees Growth in Hydroponic Marijuana Production

Costa Rica has seen an increase in cannabis growing operations that use more sophisticated cultivation methods, a possible result of increased demand fueled by...
Panamanian security forces' anti-gang operation

Panama Cracks Down on Main Street Gang

Police operations are cracking down on one of Panama's two main rival gangs at a time when the local groups are becoming increasingly involved in transnational...

Low-Profile Mexico Traffickers Take Center Stage in Dreamland

Sam Quiñones' recent book blends separate but overlapping stories of business triumph: pharmaceutical giants' US promotion of powerful narcotics like...

New Operation Against Bogotá Drug Hub Raises Old Issues

A massive security operation in Bogotá's nefarious Bronx neighborhood reveals how powerful microtrafficking gangs in the city have become -- and the Colombian...