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Beltrán Leyva Organization
The Beltrán Leyva Organization was run by the Beltrán Leyva brothers, who are now either dead or serving prison time.
Mario Ramirez Treviño, alias 'X20'
Mario Ramirez Treviño, alias X20, was a former police officer and headed the Gulf Cartel in northeastern Mexico.
Alejandro 'Omar' Treviño Morales, alias 'Z42'
Alejandro "Omar" Treviño Morales, alias "Z42," was one of the leader of Mexican cartel, the Zetas, and was captured 2015.
Peru is one of the world's major coca-cultivating nations. The presence of international criminal groups appears to be expanding there.
Moris Alexander Bercián Manchón, alias 'El Barney'
Moris Alexander Bercián Manchón, alias "El Barney," is one of six MS13 members in El Salvador sanctioned by the United…
Like the Familia Michoácana, the Knights Templar uses religious imagery to project themselves as more than a drug cartel.
The Juárez Cartel’s rivalry the Sinaloa Cartel helped turn Juarez into one of the most violent cities on Earth.
First Capital Command - PCC
The First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital – PCC) was inspired by the Red Command (Comando Vermelho). Both criminal…
The Red Command (CV) is one of Brazil's main criminal forces, dominating drug trafficking in much of the country and…
Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, alias 'Nem'
Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, alias “Nem,” led the Amigos dos Amigos gang in Rocinha, one of the largest favelas in…
Paraguayan Prosecutors Indict Senator Linked to Transatlantic Cocaine Trade
The impeachment of Paraguayan Congressman Erico Galeano for connections to drug trafficking shows progress against impunity in the country.
Guatemala Elites Flex Muscle, Excluding Leading Presidential Contender
Carlos Pineda, the leading candidate in Guatemala's presidential elections, has been removed from the race on a technicality.
Brazil's PCC Complicates Fight Against Illegal Mining in Amazon
The PCC appears to be providing support to illegal miners in the Yanomami territory in Brazil's northern state of Roraima.