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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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Juarez Cartel

MEXICO GROUPS / 12 SEP 2017

The Juárez Cartel is responsible for smuggling tons of narcotics from Mexico into the United States throughout its long and turbulent…

Tijuana Cartel

MEXICO GROUPS / 12 SEP 2017

The Tijuana Cartel, also known as the Arellano Felix Organization, is based in one of the most strategically important Mexico…

Gulf Cartel

MEXICO GROUPS / 12 SEP 2017

The Gulf Cartel is one of the oldest and most powerful of Mexico’s criminal groups but has lost territory and influence in…

Sinaloa Cartel

MEXICO GROUPS / 12 SEP 2017

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

Familia Michoacana

MEXICO GROUPS / 12 SEP 2017

At the height of its power, the Familia Michoacana’s brutal tactics, strong base of operations and pseudo-religious ideology made it…

Cachiros

HONDURAS GROUPS / 12 SEP 2017

The Cachiros were one of Honduras’ largest transport groups, with a net worth close to $1 billion. Made up of…

Perrones Cartel

EL SALVADOR GROUPS / 11 SEP 2017

The Perrones are El Salvador’s most infamous transportation group. Made up of a mix of hoteliers, human smugglers, and contraband…

Texis Cartel

EL SALVADOR GROUPS / 11 SEP 2017

Unlike some Central American gangs that have earned fame for their brutality and their liberal use of violence, the Cartel…

MS13

EL SALVADOR GROUPS / 11 SEP 2017

The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13, is perhaps the most notorious street gang in the Western Hemisphere. While it has its…

FARC

COLOMBIA GROUPS / 6 SEP 2017

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LatAm Crime Groups Set Sights on Europe’s Bustling Cocaine Market

COCAINE / 2 MAR 2021

With higher profits and lower risks than the United States, Europe has emerged recently as arguably the most important cocaine market in the world.

Colectivos Ramp Up Property Seizures in Venezuela

COLECTIVOS / 2 MAR 2021

An increase in the number of reports of illegal invasions of homes and commercial establishments in Venezuela during the pandemic has revealed the ever-widening criminal portfolio managed by militant civilian…

French Guiana’s Unpatrolled Waters Lure Illegal Fishing Crews

BRAZIL / 2 MAR 2021

Illegal fishing off the coast of French Guiana surged amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as French maritime patrols struggled to mobilize resources, luring illegal fishing crews to the country's pristine waters.

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