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Los Moreco, Worrying New Type of Criminal Group for Costa Rica

A new criminal group in Costa Rica, Los Moreco, is causing concern as their tactics, reach and admiration for Mexico's Zetas make them a far more powerful gang than...
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Veracruz Massacre Crowns Bloody Start of 2019 in Mexico

An infant was among more than a dozen people killed in a massacre during the heart of Holy Week in Mexico, underscoring the depth of the security...
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A Guatemala Drug Trafficking Chapter Ends in the US

A judge lowered the sentence of a convicted Guatemalan drug trafficker in a US court on February 22, just weeks after US federal...
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Fragmentation: The Violent Tailspin of Mexico’s Dominant Cartels

Fragmentation has come to define Mexico’s criminal landscape as the days of monolithic drug cartel structures have ended, leaving behind smaller, more volatile...
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Migrant Caravan in Mexico Changes Course, but Dangers Still Lurk

A caravan of Central American migrants traveling to the United States has changed its intended route to avoid the Texas-Mexico border — a move that shows even...
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The Mexico Crime Bosses Peña Nieto’s Government Toppled

When Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in 2012, he put together a list of 122 alleged criminals whose arrests would be “high-priority” in the...
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Trump’s Border Policies Strengthen Organized Crime. Here’s How.

The Trump administration’s stated purpose of “zero tolerance” of illegal immigration on US borders is to lower crime rates, but research shows that the net...
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Mexico’s Zetas: From Criminal Powerhouse to Fragmented Remnants

The Zetas were once Mexico’s most feared and violent organized crime threat. Now, the group is a fragmented shadow of its former self. InSight Crime looks at what...
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Is Mexico’s CJNG Following in the Footsteps of the Zetas?

The alleged abduction and murder of federal agents in Mexico by the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) resembles the type of...
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Mexico Trumpets Arrest of ‘Most-Wanted’ Zetas Leader

Armed forces in Mexico arrested an alleged leader of the Zetas who was on the country's most-wanted list, but the longstanding policy of...
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New Study Offers Insight Into Zeta Tyranny

A new study of the Zetas’ operations in northern Mexico offers a detailed examination of the roots of the organization’s power as well as the extent of its...
Criminal violence continues to rock Mexico's northeast
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Zetas-Gulf Cartel Conflict Continues to Rock Mexico’s Northeast

The ongoing decline of the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas has left northeastern Mexico without a single dominant criminal force. But the crime groups' longstanding...