The shift from plant-based to synthetic drugs has upended the relationship between small farmers and crime groups in Mexico’s Golden Triangle.
Brazil's president Lula is acting quickly to kick out illegal miners and loggers from the Amazon. But the right economic solutions are needed.
While thousands of gang members have been arrested in El Salvador, some may have moved their activities to Mexico.
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.
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