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Takedown of Puerto Rico Crime Group Could Spur Struggle to Fill Power Vacuum

US authorities announced drug-related charges on January 18 against 104 alleged members of a Puerto Rico crime group, in a move that could leave a power vacuum in...
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Investigation Highlights Miami’s Role in Turning ‘Dirty Gold’ Into ‘Clean Cash’

A new journalistic investigation reveals the inner workings of Miami’s dirty gold trade, which has helped powerful Latin American crime groups whitewash their...
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Mexico Drug Lord’s Brazil Arrest Sheds Light on Regional Anti-Crime Cooperation

The arrest of a Mexican drug lord in Brazil sheds new light on the international operations of one of Mexico’s most powerful crime groups, and suggests that...
Is the US Kingpin Act a useful tool to combat organized crime?
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US Congressional Hearing Renews Debate on Efficacy of ‘Kingpin List’

A recent US congressional hearing on the effectiveness of financially sanctioning criminal organizations illustrated some of the flaws in the practice and also...
Mexico is struggling to combat money laundering
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Mexico Still Struggling to Combat Money Laundering: Reports

Several recent government reports show that Mexico continues to struggle with combating money laundering, a longstanding problem exacerbated by a lack of political...
Alias "Camilo"
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Tell-All Interview Exposes Details of Colombia’s Cocaine Trade

A Colombian drug trafficker offered juicy details on his work during a remarkable interview that provides a panoramic view of Colombia's drug trade....
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos announces the country's largest-ever contraband sting
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Sinaloa Cartel Drug Money Behind Colombia’s Biggest-Ever Contraband Sting

Merchandise seized during Colombia's largest-ever anti-contraband operation was allegedly linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, an apparent illustration of the importance...
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Argentina’s Ex-President Kirchner Loses and Wins in Senatorial Elections

Argentina’s ex-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner won a senatorial seat that ensures immunity from incarceration despite various corruption...
Nidal Waked
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US Secures Confession in Panama Waked Money Laundering Case

The Waked money laundering investigation that has rocked the Panamanian establishment has recorded its first successful prosecution, but US authorities remain some...
Eugenio Hernández Flores
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Will Latest Ex-Governor Captured in Mexico Face Extradition?

Authorities in Mexico have arrested a former governor of the embattled state of Tamaulipas on charges of embezzlement and misuse of public funds. His capture raises...
Mexico Supreme Court pushes back against 'Kingpin List'
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Mexico Supreme Court Ruling Pushes Back Against US ‘Kingpin List’

Mexico's Supreme Court has declared it unconstitutional to freeze the bank accounts of organized crime suspects without sufficient evidence of wrongdoing, a seeming...
José Bayron Piedrahita Ceballos is suspected of being a major money launderer
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Colombia Trafficker Tied to International Corruption, Money Laundering

An investigation with ramifications across the Americas has culminated in the arrest of an old-school Colombian drug trafficker who managed to adapt to major...