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Corrupt Police in Paraguay See Opportunity in Illegal Logging

Authorities in Paraguay have arrested more than a dozen police officers for attempting to steal confiscated wood, underscoring the attractiveness of Latin America's...

Rising Brazil Border Seizures Troubling Sign for the Region

Even without significant investment in border security, weapons and narcotics seizures along Brazil's borders have increased over the last year, giving rise to the...

Arrests Again Point to Paraguay President’s Contraband Cigarettes

Cigarettes manufactured by a firm belonging to the family of Paraguay's president have once again been seized after being smuggled across the border into Brazil,...

Is Paraguay’s EPP Expanding Role in Marijuana Trade?

Paraguay’s main guerrilla group has displaced hundreds of Mennonite families from an area not far from strategic drug trafficking routes, raising questions about...

GameChangers 2017: What to Watch for in 2018

Organized crime thrives amid political corruption and uncertainty. There will be plenty of this in Latin America in 2018, helping organized crime deepen its roots...

Inside Paraguay’s Illegal Cannabis Plantations

Cowboy hats and flasks adorned with imitation jaguar and snakeskin prints dot the market of the Paraguayan border town of Pedro Juan Caballero. Cross...
Aviones pequeños como estos son utilizados para el tráfico aéreo de drogas en Paraguay

Takedown in Paraguay Highlights Struggle Against Aerial Trafficking

An international operation led to the disruption of an alleged trafficking network that authorities say managed drug flights from Paraguay to other South...
The Specialized Police Unit facility where Jarvis Chimenes Pavão is detained

Brazil’s Biggest Gang Planning Kingpin’s Paraguay Prison Break: Police

Brazil's largest and most powerful criminal organization is allegedly plotting to free a prominent drug trafficker currently jailed in Paraguay, raising questions...
Jarvis Chimenes Pavão with Paraguay anti-drug police

Brazil Crime Boss Sold ‘Tons’ of Drugs from Paraguay Prison

Brazil authorities have reportedly dismantled an international drug trafficking network that purchased tons of drugs from a Brazilian crime boss jailed in Paraguay,...
Paraguayan political figure Fredy Alberto Godoy Segovia, center, arrested in Bolivia

Paraguay Politician Arrested in Bolivia With 5 Tons of Marijuana

A Paraguayan politician was arrested during Bolivia's biggest marijuana seizure this year, highlighting how deeply involved Paraguay's officials have become in the...
Contraband cigarettes seized in Paraguay

Report Breaks Down Paraguay to Brazil Cigarette Smuggling Trail

A new investigation into the cigarette smuggling trail between Paraguay and Brazil lays out the inner workings of a criminal economy that generates huge profits for...
Authorities dismantle a marijuana plantation in Paraguay

With Farmers Lacking Alternatives, Paraguay Marijuana Production Surges

A new report says authorities in Paraguay have been unable to stop a boom in marijuana production because farmers cannot earn a comparable income growing licit...