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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Mato Grosso do Sul is among Brazil’s most strategic states for transnational crime.
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Strategically located between Argentina and Uruguay, Rio Grande do Sul is a hub for contraband and drug smuggling.
Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, has seen some important security advances in recent years, taking dozens of communities in Rio…
Guatemala's criminal organizations are among the most sophisticated and dangerous in Central America. Some of them have been in operation…
Alto Paraguay, Paraguay
One of Paraguay’s most sparsely populated but most homicidal departments, Alto Paraguay serves as an important cocaine transit corridor.
In Concepción, powerful drug traffickers have penetrated local politics. With corruption rife, some municipalities have started to resemble criminal enclaves.
Itapúa is a minor marijuana producer but an important transit corridor for cannabis smuggled into Argentina. Some areas of the…
Despite boasting one of Paraguay’s lowest murder rates, Ñeembucú is an important transit point for marijuana heading to Argentina.
Located on Paraguay’s border with Brazil, Canindeyú is a key criminal hub in the tri-border area.
Boquerón is an important part of regional cocaine trafficking routes due to its strategic location on Paraguay's border with Bolivia…
Alto Paraná, Paraguay
Alto Paraná is home to some of Paraguay’s most dynamic criminal economies. Contraband goods continue to flood Brazil and Argentina…
Increasingly Brazen Gaitanistas Attack Colombia's Biggest Gold Mine
Colombia's biggest gold mine has come under attack from illegal miners. Experts blame the Gaitanistas, Colombia's foremost crime group.
Cocaine Seizures Spike in Sweden as Traffickers Seek Secondary Routes
Historic cocaine seizures in Sweden highlight the Nordic country's increasing role as a gateway for cocaine from Latin America to Europe.
How Grenades Became a Common Part of Venezuela's Criminal Arsenal
In all of Latin America, Venezuela has a unique problem: constant grenade attacks by criminal gangs.