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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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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…

Chaco, Argentina

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 15 MAR 2021

Chaco is a transit corridor for illicit products. Most drugs or contraband smuggled into Argentina in the Formosa province crosses Chaco…

Paraná, Brazil

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 4 MAR 2021

Paraná is a hub for drug trafficking. Vast quantities of cocaine and marijuana enter the state from Paraguay, via the…

Santa Catarina, Brazil

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 4 MAR 2021

Santa Catarina is a launchpad for cocaine destined for Europe and a transit point for marijuana and contraband headed to…

Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 4 MAR 2021

Mato Grosso do Sul is among Brazil’s most strategic states for transnational crime.

Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

COCAINE / 4 MAR 2021

Strategically located between Argentina and Uruguay, Rio Grande do Sul is a hub for contraband and drug smuggling.

Brazil Profile

BRAZIL / SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, has seen some important security advances in recent years, taking dozens of communities in Rio…

Guatemala Profile

GUATEMALA / 28 FEB 2021

Guatemala's criminal organizations are among the most sophisticated and dangerous in Central America. Some of them have been in operation…

Choneros

ECUADOR / OCTOBER 4, 2021

Los Choneros is one of Ecuador’s most prominent criminal groups, which first emerged in the late 1990s as a drug…

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Caribbean Nations Call for US Gun Crackdown As Murder Rates Soar

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 24 JAN 2023

As American-made guns continue to flood the Caribbean, heads of state are demanding that the US do more to stem the flow of weapons.

Jamaica Seizing Ever-Larger Cocaine Shipments from Colombia

COCAINE / 23 JAN 2023

A string of large cocaine seizures in Jamaica suggests the island is becoming a central hub for trafficking to the United States and Europe.

Nature Under Threat in Ecuador as Gold Miners Target National Park

ECUADOR / 20 JAN 2023

Podocarpus Natural Park in southern Ecuador is only the most recent one to be threatened by encroaching gold miners.

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