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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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Izabal, Guatemala

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 JAN 2021

Izabal is one of the most important transit hubs for cocaine being smuggled from Honduras into Guatemala by land, as…

Zacapa, Guatemala

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 JAN 2021

In the department of Zacapa, long a transit point for cocaine and marijuana bound for Mexico and the US, drug…

Jutiapa, Guatemala

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 JAN 2021

Jutiapa is a transit point for narcotics shipments and a hotspot for illegal firearm possession. Criminal groups smuggle illicit weapons…

Border Security Colectivo

VENEZUELA GROUPS / SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

The Border Security Colectivo (Colectivo de Seguridad Fronteriza – CSF) is a state-supported irregular militia group based in the Colombian…

Cartel of the Suns

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / MAY 14, 2022

The “Cartel of the Suns” (Cartel de los Soles) is the term used to describe the shadowy groups inside Venezuela’s…

Wilexis Alexander Acevedo Monasterios, alias 'Wilexis'

VENEZUELA / NOVEMBER 3, 2021

Wilexis Alexander Acevedo Monasterios has led the gang which bears his name since at least 2017. With between 150 and…

The Meleán

VENEZUELA GROUPS / 8 JAN 2021

For decades, the Meleán crime family was one of the most powerful criminal groups in Venezuela. Established by Antonio Jesús…

Fuerza Anti-Unión

MEXICO GROUPS / 2020-11-13

La Fuerza Anti-Unión, which battles La Union Tepito for territories in Mexico City, has grown rapidly.

La Unión Tepito

LA UNIÓN TEPITO / MAY 9, 2022

La Unión Tepito takes its name from the notorious Mexico City neighborhood of Tepito, where it began.

El Salvador Profile

EL SALVADOR / 15 SEP 2020

El Salvador is a relatively small but growing player in the drug trafficking business. It serves as…

Rotela Clan

CLAN ROTELA / AUGUST 23, 2020

Rotela Clan is a criminal group run by the Rotela family in Paraguay. It was originally specialized in the microtrafficking…

Second Marquetalia

COLOMBIA GROUPS / JULY 5, 2022

The Second Marquetalia is one of the largest group of dissident FARC, who rejected the 2016 peace process with the…

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Record Cocaine Seizures in Colombia as Government Negotiates with Traffickers

COCAINE / 3 FEB 2023

Colombia's negotiations with a range of criminal groups, as part of the Total Peace plan, will be complicated by record cocaine seizures.

Latin America Makes Little Progress Against Corruption

COSTA RICA / 2 FEB 2023

Countries across Latin America continue to make stubbornly little progress in the fight against corruption.

Sticks and Carrots: Lula's Balancing Act in Brazil's Crime-Wracked Amazon

BRAZIL / 1 FEB 2023

Brazil's president Lula is acting quickly to kick out illegal miners and loggers from the Amazon. But the right economic solutions are needed.

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