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Despite Argentina’s prominent role as a money laundering center and as a drug transit and consumption point, the country does not suffer from the high levels of violence that affect other Latin American nations.

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5 Animals Used to Smuggle Drugs in Latin America

NEWS / 7 MAY 2021

The cat-and-mouse game of evading law enforcement was taken literally by drug smugglers recently in Panama, who hid cocaine on a feline and sent it into a prison.

Aviation Tycoon in Argentina Organized Drug Flights Across Americas

NEWS / 28 APR 2021

Despite numerous investigations against him, an Argentine aviation tycoon was able to exploit aircraft registration loopholes in the United States to help traffickers across Latin America source drug planes.

Clans, Corruption and Cross-border Crime in Argentina

NEWS / 18 MAR 2021

Argentina's criminal clans are growing stronger as domestic drug consumption rises, while trafficking networks now thrive in its border regions.

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Argentina’s maritime shipping industry and growing consumer market have made it a major transshipment point for illegal drugs. While the country’s homegrown criminal groups do not have the international reach of their counterparts in neighboring South American countries, powerful local clans control key illicit economies in their city strongholds, such as Rosario-based criminal gang, Los Monos.

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ARGENTINA / 16 MAR 2021

An ambitious mayor, a well-connected deputy mayor, dirty cops, a corrupt judge, and a lot of marijuana. This is the story of Itatí, the sleepy town that went from religious…

ARGENTINA / 3 FEB 2021

As workers across Latin America struggle to stay afloat amid economic strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, loan sharks offering abusive interest rates have cornered the market, forcing workers seeking…

ARGENTINA / 29 JAN 2021

While unrest gripped much of Latin America in 2019, it was the coronavirus that took center stage and ripped through the region in 2020, upending everything from commercial trade to…

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

In Buenos Aires, a shootout between gangs in a public housing development has highlighted a deficiency in Argentina’s public housing initiative: without complimentary security policies, public housing projects offer gangs…

ARGENTINA / 8 DEC 2020

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 incidents, however, are not an indication…

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