To Desafio, the Barrio 18 gang in Honduras was everything. It provided a family, a sense of belonging. Until his life grew increasingly violent.
With cartels like the CJNG muscling in on illegal mining in Michoacán, Mexico, Indigenous community members continue to suffer.
Otoniel, the fallen head of the Urabeños crime syndicate, has pleaded guilty in New York. His trial will mark the end of an era.
Corrupt Navy troops in Ecuador can be highly useful for drug traffickers, either to protect cocaine shipments or to simply let them pass.
As American-made guns continue to flood the Caribbean, heads of state are demanding that the US do more to stem the flow of weapons.
A string of large cocaine seizures in Jamaica suggests the island is becoming a central hub for trafficking to the United States and Europe.
Podocarpus Natural Park in southern Ecuador is only the most recent one to be threatened by encroaching gold miners.
Chile's lucrative copper industry is beleaguered by daring attacks on trains carrying tons of copper through the desert.
A long-touted police reform in Venezuela would likely have a limited impact on rampant corruption in the ranks.
The trial of Mexico’s former top public security official will reveal shortcomings in the fight against organized crime.
Record seizures of cocaine in Portugal have raised fears Brazil's PCC may be getting increasingly involved.
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