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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
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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
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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...
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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”
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Where Drug Deals are Most Likely to Happen in Colombia

A new report that tracks the variables linked to drug seizures in Colombia's major cities could help inform the government's approach against...