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‘Ovidio Fest’ – Culiacán Asked to Celebrate Release of El Chapo’s Son

It has been one year since authorities in Mexico released Sinaloa Cartel scion Ovidio Guzmán to stop his gunmen from laying waste to Culiacán, and now a block...
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Lost Property? Narco-Asset Seizures in Mexico Face Renewed Challenges

Recent allegations of theft, lost property and institutionalized corruption suggest Andrés Manuel López Obrador's well-publicized auctions of criminal assets are...
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Why Traffickers Use Politicians, Celebrities to Brand Drugs

From US President Donald Trump to Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi, well-known visages are used by drug gangs to not only mark their product but to stand out from...
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Netflix’s ‘Immigration Nation’ – How Criminals and Companies Exploit Migration

Released in August, the six-part Netflix documentary “Immigration Nation” goes behind the scenes of immigration policies and enforcement under the...
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Chile’s Gangs Embrace Wild ‘Narco-Funerals’

Chile’s struggle to contain riotous burials for alleged gang members raises questions about why this practice is commonplace in a country that has not...
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Mexico’s Criminal Groups and Tequila Industry Continue Thorny Relationship

Revelations that the Jalisco Cartel laundered hundreds of millions of dollars through front companies posing as tequila vendors is the latest chapter in a...
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Money Laundering Allegations Dog Mexico’s Cruz Azul Soccer Club

Although the Mexican soccer league has canceled the rest of its season, one of its most acclaimed clubs has remained in the headlines as three of its directors are...
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‘Who Killed Berta Cáceres?’ – New Book Probes High-Profile Honduras Murder

When journalist Nina Lakhani first met Berta Cáceres in 2013 on the eve of the general elections in Honduras, the indigenous land defender knew she couldn’t give...
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3 Reasons Why US is Epicenter for Big Cat Breeding, Trading

Netflix’s “Tiger King” fixated our gaze on the outlandish antics of Exotic Joe, but if you squint your eyes in just the right way, you could catch a glimpse...
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From Face Masks to Avocados, the Boundless Creativity of Drug Traffickers

Drug traffickers are nothing if not innovative. And faced with increasingly sophisticated techniques for detecting drugs, they have been forced to be increasingly...
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From Cocalero to Kingpin: New Book Tracks Cocaine Supply Chain

A new book by a veteran reporter provides a comprehensive picture of Colombia’s modern-day cocaine trafficking networks and their devastating impact on the...
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War, Prohibition and Narcotics – A Historical Look at Drug Policy

Two new books aim to reorient understanding of the foundations of drug policy: the first a nuanced exploration of the historical intersection of drugs and war, the...