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Proxy Gang Wars Fuel Record Homicides in Ecuador’s Prisons

An ongoing gang war in Ecuador’s prisons has made 2020 the bloodiest year on record for inmates, underscoring how the country’s penitentiary system cannot...
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Major Oil Trader Fined for Bribes Across Latin America

The world’s biggest oil trading firm faces a large fine after a multi-country investigation revealed it bribed Brazilian, Mexican and Ecuadorian officials...
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Key Report Urges Ambitious Revision of US Anti-Drug Policy

Congress has released a sweeping report on drug policy in the Americas, laying out a long list of recommendations for curbing drug trafficking...
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The Endless War to Control Northwest Colombia’s Drug Routes

The killing of an Indigenous leader in Bahia Solano, on Colombia’s Pacific Coast, adds to mounting violence that has fueled the displacement of hundreds, as the...
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Social Media Used to Sell Exotic Animals in Brazil

A spate of recent operations targeting wildlife trafficking rings in Brazil have highlighted the extent to which such groups have been increasingly relying on...
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El Salvador Overspent on Hotels Used for Coronavirus Quarantine

Hotels seized from accused Salvadoran drug kingpin Chepe Diablo were awarded lucrative government contracts to serve as quarantine centers, according to an audit...
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Brazil’s Red Command Yet to Find Strong Foothold in Argentina

New details have emerged about the sophisticated criminal operations of a Red Command leader who once operated in the Argentina-Brazil border region. Such isolated...
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Argentina Turns to DNA to Fight Cattle Rustling

Officials in Argentina have been discussing how DNA testing may be used to curb cattle rustling and rural crime in Santa Fe, indicating ministers will seek to apply...
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Organized Crime in 2020 – Highlights of InSight Crime’s Annual Conference

A number of Latin America’s leading academics, investigative journalists and security experts gathered virtually December 3 to discuss the most pressing...
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Record Drug Seizure Caps Off Difficult Year for Chile

A record drug bust by Chilean armed forces showed that growing public concern about increased drug trafficking in the country is more than...
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Bolivia Dealing with Contraband Surge During Pandemic

Authorities in Bolivia this month have seized several large contraband shipments, as the country's economic struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic continue to...
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Submarines for Rent – The Best Option for Traffickers in Colombia

In November, the Attorney General’s Office, the Colombian Navy and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested 11 alleged members of an organization...