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José David Figueroa Agosto
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Trafficking Routes Up for Grabs After Fall of Top Caribbean Drug Kingpin

The man who was once considered the most powerful drug kingpin in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico has been convicted and sentenced to decades in a US prison,...
A multi-ton cocaine seizure by the US Coast Guard
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String of Large Drug Seizures Suggests Growth in Caribbean Trafficking

The US Coast Guard recently offloaded in Puerto Rico more than a metric ton of cocaine, the latest in a string of seizures that points to a potential growth in the...
Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
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Puerto Rico Airport Employees Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charges

Authorities dismantled a major drug trafficking ring at Puerto Rico's main international airport, highlighting the importance of the island as a drug transshipment...
TSA agents screening luggage
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Cocaine Trafficking Network Highlights Puerto Rico’s Role as Transit Point

Ten individuals -- including several airport officials -- have been arrested for trafficking 20 metric tons of cocaine from Puerto Rico to the United States since...
Drugs seized in Puerto Rico
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US Releases New Plan for Caribbean Drug Trafficking

The White House's new strategy to confront drug trafficking in US Caribbean territory, the first federal plan of its kind, comes amid concerns over increased drug...
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Smartphone App Aids Fall in Puerto Rico’s Violent Crime

A smartphone app allowing anonymous tip-offs has been credited with contributing to a major reduction in Puerto Rico’s crime, as murders hit a near 15 year low in...
Pedro Janer with a chart of the organization
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Puerto Rico Drug Arrests Highlight Island as Stepping-Stone to US

US authorities have arrested 10 alleged members of a cocaine trafficking network that moved Colombian product via the island of St. Maarten to Puerto Rico and the...
Gangs are behind much of the violence in Puerto Rico
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Anti-Gang Op Highlights Puerto Rico’s Micro-Trafficking Troubles

Authorities in Puerto Rico are targeting a sophisticated gang accused of supplying the local drug market, in a case that demonstrates how rising cocaine transit...
Cocaine seized in Puerto Rico
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Cocaine Seizures Surge Shows Puerto Rico’s Trafficking Importance

Maritime antinarcotics authorities have seized over 17 tons of cocaine around Puerto Rico so far this year, a huge increase on past years indicative of the growing...
Puerto Rican drug trafficker Jose Figueroa Agosto
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FBI Busts Caribbean’s ‘Most Powerful’ Drug Trafficking Group

The FBI has dismantled a major drug trafficking group in Puerto Rico that allegedly moved at least nine tons of cocaine into the United States over a period of five...
Jamaica gangs like Shower Posse have political roots
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How Caribbean Organized Crime is Replacing the State

In Caribbean locations like the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, criminal groups have established clear-cut alliances with political parties and sectors of the...
A "narco-sub" intercepted by the Coast Guard
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‘Drug Subs Using Venezuela-Puerto Rico Route’

Large quantities of cocaine are reportedly arriving to Puerto Rico via submarines originating from Venezuela, highlighting the evolving tactics used by drug...