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New Names, Old Tricks for ex-FARC Mafia in Colombia's Putumayo

COLOMBIA / 22 SEP 2020

Recent reports of a group called the Border Command (Comandos de la Frontera) in the department of Putumayo, located on the border between Colombia and Ecuador, have caused alarm. However,…

Illicit Alcohol Market Drives Another Epidemic in Mexico

CONTRABAND / 21 SEP 2020

A spate of deaths following the consumption of adulterated alcohol suggest pandemic restrictions on alcohol sales have encouraged the expansion of a perilous black market in Mexico.

Why Traffickers Use Politicians, Celebrities to Brand Drugs

BRAZIL / 18 SEP 2020

From US President Donald Trump to Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi, well-known visages are used by drug gangs to not only mark their product but to stand out from the…

Indigenous Leaders Slain in Peru Amid Pandemic

COVID AND CRIME / 17 SEP 2020

Four Indigenous leaders in Peru's Amazon have been murdered since the government declared a state of emergency over COVID-19, revealing how their opposition to illegal logging, mining and drug trafficking…

Yucca Cacti Theft Illuminates Mexico’s Hidden Plant Trafficking Problem

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 16 SEP 2020

Theft of yucca cacti from indigenous communities in Mexico’s northwestern state of Baja California for export to US, European and Asian markets is reportedly accelerating, underscoring the silent issue…

Costa Rica Boosts Plan to Track Vessels, Combat Illegal Fishing

COSTA RICA / 15 SEP 2020

By providing satellite data on its fleets, Costa Rica is the latest country in Latin America to take on illegal fishing, which costs billions of dollars and taxes already over-exploited…

Brand-Name Coronavirus Drug Appears in Venezuela's Black Market

COVID AND CRIME / 15 SEP 2020

A black market for an antiviral drug used to treat coronavirus has emerged in Venezuela, revealing that even expensive, lifesaving medicines are fueling the lucrative illegal trade.

Human Smugglers Continue to Cash In on Haitian Migrants

BOLIVIA / 14 SEP 2020

A sophisticated human smuggling ring that illegally moved migrants from Haiti across a number of Latin American countries into Chile shows that the Caribbean nation’s crisis remains a gold mine…

US Chemicals Help Fuel Mexico Drug Production: Report

FENTANYL / 11 SEP 2020

Authorities in Mexico said they will look into the mass-scale diversion of chemicals from US companies to produce drugs that are trafficked over the border to feed consumers in the…

Economic Hardship During Pandemic Caused Wildlife Trafficking in Brazil to Soar

BRAZIL / 9 SEP 2020

A series of police operations in Brazil have shown that the poaching of exotic species appears to have exploded during the pandemic, as job losses and a lack of government…

Urabeños Reactivate Montes de María Drug Route in Northern Colombia

COCAINE / 8 SEP 2020

Reports that the Urabeños are re-activating an old drug trafficking route in Montes de María, Colombia, may suggest that it has been pushed to do so due to losing power…

Venezuela’s Baseball Academies Batting Away Extortion Threats

EXTORTION / 7 SEP 2020

With dozens of Venezuelan athletes now playing on Major League Baseball teams in the United States, a powerful gang has begun to extort local academies and scouts in charge of…

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