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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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EPL

COLOMBIA GROUPS / 2021-01-21

The dissidence of the EPL, which the Security Forces call Los Peludos, is the dissidence of the guerrilla group Popular…

Santa Ana, El Salvador

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 MAR 2021

Santa Ana is a key transit point for criminal groups smuggling cocaine and marijuana between El Salvador and Guatemala. It…

La Unión, El Salvador

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 MAR 2021

La Unión’s two ports and its Pacific coastline are routinely used by cocaine smugglers moving drugs north in boats and…

Chalatenango, El Salvador

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 MAR 2021

Though not a major hub for transnational organized crime, the department of Chalatenango is a transit point for migrants, arms…

Cabañas, El Salvador

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 MAR 2021

Aside from some contraband smuggling between Cabañas and neighboring Honduras, there is no indication that the department is involved in…

San Miguel, El Salvador

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 MAR 2021

San Miguel was an important operational center for the once-powerful Perrones drug cartel. It is also a hotbed for gang…

Morazán, El Salvador

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 MAR 2021

There is a minor presence of transnational organized crime in Morazán and limited gang activity.

Ahuachapán, El Salvador

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 MAR 2021

Ahuachapán is a transit point for cocaine and marijuana shipments. There is also a strong MS13 presence in the department.

Salta, Argentina

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 15 MAR 2021

Salta is the main gateway for cocaine entering Argentina. Drugs enter via Salvador Mazza and Aguas Blancas, parts of which…

Corrientes, Argentina

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 15 MAR 2021

Corrientes is a key hub of Argentina’s highly profitable marijuana trade. The province appears to be the second most important…

Formosa, Argentina

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 15 MAR 2021

Located on the border with Paraguay’s capital Asunción, the Formosa province is a hub for transnational marijuana trafficking and contraband.

Misiones, Argentina

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 15 MAR 2021

Misiones is the main entry point for marijuana smuggled from Paraguay into Argentina across the Paraná River and one of…

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ECUADOR / 16 MAY 2022

Ecuadorian gangs are taking another page from the playbook of crime groups in Mexico and Colombia, stepping up targeted killings of police officers in drug trafficking hotspots.

Will Soaring Arrests in El Salvador Overwhelm its Prisons?

BARRIO 18 / 16 MAY 2022

As part of his sweeping gang crackdown, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has overseen the mass imprisonment of tens of thousands of people, potentially jeopardizing recent efforts to mitigate overcrowding…

Indigenous Communities in Rural Mexico Get No Help Against Constant Criminal Threats

HUMAN RIGHTS / 13 MAY 2022

The death of two indigenous leaders in Guerrero, Mexico, has again drawn attention to the government’s negligent protection of indigenous communities targeted by criminal groups throughout Mexico. In a…

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