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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...
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Major Odebrecht Corruption Cases and Investigations in 2019

Since beginning in Brazil with the “Operation Car Wash” (“Operação Lava Jato”) investigation in 2014, the Odebrecht corruption scandal has been headline...
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Will Targeting CJNG Finances Help Mexico Break Powerful Crime Group?

Authorities in Mexico are seeking to attack the finances of the country’s most powerful organized crime groups, but questions remain as to whether the incoming...
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‘Cash Luna’ Corruption Case May Reveal Guatemala Nexus of Drugs and Religion

A new investigation alleges that one of the most influential evangelical pastors in Guatemala took money from a high-profile drug trafficker, underscoring how the...
Authorities in Colombia process the dirty money uncovered in the operation
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Colombia Drug Mules Swallowing Dirty Money for Transport

Authorities in Colombia dismantled several international money laundering organizations that employed drug mules to ingest dirty money for transport from Mexico,...
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Argentina Unions Struggle to Ditch ‘Mafia’ Accusations

A judge’s dismissal of an arrest warrant against one of Argentina’s top union leaders on corruption charges might be forcing some of the country’s most...
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El Salvador AG’s Office Escalates Efforts Against Corruption

An investigation in El Salvador has uncovered links between former members of the Attorney General’s office and the government of ex-President Mauricio Funes,...
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Money Laundering Tactics Adapting to Colombia Cocaine Boom

A new investigation says that record cocaine production in Colombia is causing criminal groups to diversify the ways in which they launder their money, reflecting...