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Why Are Political Candidates Being Assassinated in Colombia?

The murder of seven candidates in Colombia’s upcoming municipal election in just one month, the highest rate since 2015, has raised new questions about the...
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Paraguay Currency Exchanges Launder Vast Amounts of Brazil Drug Money

Brazilian criminal gangs were able to use official currency exchanges in Paraguay to launder over $1.5 billion in drug money, showing how the country continues to...
Colombia loan sharks have expanded across Latin America
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Colombia’s ‘Gota a Gota’ Loan Sharks Exploit Chile Market

A Colombian gang leader has been accused of operating a "gota a gota" loansharking network in Chile -- evidence that this extortion tactic continues to spread...
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US Targets Álex Saab, Venezuela’s Million-Dollar Money Launderer

US prosecutors have accused a shadowy Colombian businessman and Venezuelan officials of running a multimillion-dollar graft scheme, underscoring how foreign...
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Have Cryptocurrencies Really Helped Venezuela Sidestep US Sanctions?

Venezuela is collecting airport taxes through an application that converts these funds into Bitcoin, demonstrating the country’s continuing use of...
Argentina has seized nearly $19 million worth of assets from the Loza clan
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Argentina Asset Seizure Decree Debuts with Mixed Reviews

For the first time, authorities in Argentina are using a criminal asset seizure program -- a legal mechanism that strips criminal groups of their wealth but comes...
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Relatives of Jailed PCC Members Launder Millions For Brazil Gang

Brazilian prison gang the PCC has laundered an estimated $15 million of drug money through accounts opened by relatives of jailed members, demonstrating the growing...
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The Hidden Wealth of Drug Pilots and Accountants in Colombia

The seizure of a vast fortune from a Colombian drug pilot newly returned from prison in the United States shows how lesser-but-still-key actors in the...
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Mexico’s Criminal Asset Forfeiture Plan Faces Teething Problems

Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised to use assets seized from criminal actors to fund a wave of social spending. This novel shift of a...
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Latin America Lacks Regional Strategy to Halt Bitcoin Money Laundering

Despite a steep drop in their overall value over the last 18 months and a raft of interdictions by Latin American countries, cryptocurrencies continue to offer a...
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The MS13’s Vital Fuel: Extortion

El Salvador’s groundbreaking "Operación Jaque" (Operation Check) has provided a wealth of information on the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13), revealing the gang’s...
Gerardo González Valencia, one of the leaders of the Cuinis lived in Argentina
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Los Cuinis May Have Laundered Money Through Argentina, Uruguay

Argentina officials are investigating the financial arm of a powerful Mexican cartel -- showing the country's eagerness to shed its notoriety as a money laundering...