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Histories and profiles of organized crime groups, insurgencies, street gangs, vigilantes and the criminal actors that lead them.

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G9 and Family

CARIBBEAN / JULY 18, 2022

The G9 is a federation of the strongest gangs in Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, founded in 2020 by Jimmy Chérizier,…

César Emilio Peralta, alias ‘El Abusador’

COCAINE / JULY 29, 2022

César Emilio Peralta, alias “El Abusador,” was the Dominican Republic's most notorious drug trafficker, with a network across the Caribbean.

Eliecer Erlinto Chamorro, alias 'Antonio Garcia'

ANTONIO GARCÍA / JUNE 24, 2021

Eliecer Erlinto Chamorro, alias "Antonio Garcia," is the number two commander in Colombia’s National Liberation Army…

Loophole Spurs Large-Scale Land Grabs in Brazil

BRAZIL / 4 JUN 2021

A government registry in Brazil has been used to designate millions of hectares of Amazon forest as rural lands, in…

Los Lagartos

ECUADOR / 1 JUN 2021

Integrated by multiple gangs with shared allies and enemies, Los Lagartos is one of Ecuador’s prolific prison gangs, whose rivalry…

José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias 'Chepe Diablo'

CHEPE DIABLO / MAY 26, 2021

José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," does not fit the normal profile of a criminal leader. As the former…

Cárteles Unidos

MEXICO / JULY 18, 2022

The Cárteles Unidos was formed by the Cartel de Tepalcatepec, the Viagras, and others, to combat the Jalisco Cartel in…

Shining Path

PERU / 23 MAY 2021

The Shining Path or the Militarized Communist Party (Militarizado Partido Comunista - MPC) is the last remnant of Peru’s guerrilla…

Sinaloa Cartel

MEXICO GROUPS / 2021-05-04

The Sinaloa Cartel is often described as the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization in the Western Hemisphere.

Bagdad

BAGDAD / 2021-05-05

Bagdad, along with its rival Calor Calor, is one of Panama’s two main gang federations, consisting of 30-40 smaller gangs…

Libertadores del Vichada

COLOMBIA / 23 ABRIL DE 2021

The Libertadores del Vichada are a splinter group of the Popular Revolutionary Anti-Terrorist Army of Colombia.

Colombia Profile

COLOMBIA / 2021-01-21

While Colombia's situation has improved since the FARC demobilized, it faces significant challenges from a more fragmented organized crime landscape.

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Record Fentanyl Seizures and Migrant Encounters on US-Mexico Border Are Unrelated

FENTANYL / 28 SEP 2022

Migrant encounters and seizures of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl are often erroneously conflated and linked together.

How Peru's Coca Production is Helping the Global Cocaine Boom

COCA / 27 SEP 2022

Increased coca cultivation in Peru provides the raw ingredient cocaine traffickers use when pushing into developing markets like Australia.

France Dealing with Influx of Cocaine from Caribbean Territories

CARIBBEAN / 26 SEP 2022

The cocaine coming from France's territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique, and French Guiana to its mainland have doubled.

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