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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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Amambay, Paraguay

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 25 FEB 2021

Amambay is at the heart of Paraguay’s most worrying organized crime trends: cocaine trafficking, marijuana production, and the rise of…

Misiones, Paraguay

CLAN ROTELA / 25 FEB 2021

Misiones does not play an important role in regional criminal dynamics, despite some marijuana trafficking in the department.

Asunción, Paraguay

CLAN ROTELA / 25 FEB 2021

Paraguay’s capital is a transit point for Bolivian cocaine shipped through the Tri-Border area, bound for Brazil. The Paraguay River,…

Paraguay

PARAGUAY / 2018-05-11 09:58:14

Paraguay has enjoyed relative stability following its transition to democracy in the early 1990s. However, the nation is the region's…

Cortés, Honduras

COCAINE / 16 FEB 2021

Cortés is a major organized crime hub. Vast quantities of drugs, arms, and contraband pass through the department’s busy Atlantic…

Copán, Honduras

COCAINE / 16 FEB 2021

In Copán – a major transit point for cocaine – drug trafficking groups collaborate with local authorities to smuggle narcotics over the department’s porous western border with Guatemala.

Intibucá, Honduras

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 16 FEB 2021

Intibucá is not a major organized crime hub, though there is a notable gang presence along the department’s porous southern…

Valle, Honduras

COCAINE / 16 FEB 2021

Valle is an important transit point for cocaine being shipped from South America to Honduras, bound for other Central American…

Ocotepeque, Honduras

COCAINE / 16 FEB 2021

Corruptible customs officials and porous borders facilitate the smuggling of migrants and drugs from Ocotepeque into Guatemala, along with flows of…

La Paz, Honduras

ELITES AND CRIME / 16 FEB 2021

The department of La Paz does not house any major transnational criminal economies or established criminal actors.

Santa Bárbara, Honduras

COCAINE / 16 FEB 2021

Santa Bárbara sees its fair share of narcotics seizures and has played host to major drug trafficking groups such as…

Lempira, Honduras

ELITES AND CRIME / 16 FEB 2021

Lempira is not a major hub for organized criminal activity but is nonetheless an important transit point for illicit narcotics…

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