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Venezuela Archipelago, New Hotspot for Drug Smuggling

The Los Roques Archipelago -- a group of islands off Venezuela's northern coast known for their white sand beaches and turquoise waters -- has become a staging...
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Why Environmental Security is Paramount to Venezuela’s Future

Venezuela’s historic meltdown is often explained as a consequence of bad governance, corruption and the collapse of the oil sector or of international sanctions....
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Illegal Gold Mining Operations Enter New Parts of Peru

Dredgers have been found in several rivers across Peru's northern department of Loreto, confirming that illegal gold mining has been rapidly expanding into...
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Illegal Mining Crackdown in Timbiquí, Colombia Angers Residents

Recent raids on illegal mining operations in Timbiquí, Cauca were part of a broad crackdown on criminal economies being used by ex-FARC mafia groups, but they may...
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Will Peru’s Gold King Ever Be Held Accountable?

Peru has agreed to send accused international gold smuggler Peter Ferrari to the United States to face trial -- but it's unclear when, or even whether, he will face...
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Drones Are Limited Weapon Against Illegal Mining in Peru

Peru has deployed drones to some of the country's remote areas to track illegal mining, but using the information to capture and make cases against illegal miners...
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Peru’s Illegal Mining Hotspot Has Other Crimes to Worry About

Peruvian authorities dismantled a human trafficking network operating in the region of Madre de Dios, a territory known for illegal mining activity....
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Ex-FARC Mafia: Colombia’s Criminal Army Settling Down in Venezuela

The announcement in late August that three important former leaders of the demobilized FARC were returning to war did not only threaten the fragile Colombian peace...
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Gold Smugglers Innovating Along Colombia-Panama Route

A criminal network which used creative methods, including hiring legitimate jewelers, to help smuggle gold into Panama and launder proceeds back in Colombia has...
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Crackdown on Illegal Mining Won’t End Ecuador’s Gold Rush

Thousands of police and military have swept through the north Ecuador district of Buenos Aires in an attempt to control the illegal mining boom that has ravaged the...
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Venezuela Disease Outbreaks Reveal Criminal Migration to Illegal Gold Mines

Outbreaks of malaria and diphtheria in a region of Venezuela where these diseases are rare has revealed how armed groups are organizing a vast migration to illegal...
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Illegal Mining Crackdown May Push Peru’s Former Miners to Coca, Timber

Authorities in Peru say they have successfully driven illegal gold mining out of the Amazon, but will other illegal economies take its...