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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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Happy Mother’s Day from Your Friendly Neighborhood Cartel Boss

EL MENCHO / 14 MAY 2021

In some regions of Mexico, family members who came up empty-handed this Mother's Day were bailed out by the Jalisco Cartel.

Bolivia Family Clans Key Cocaine Suppliers to Brazil, Colombia

BOLIVIA / 14 MAY 2021

The extradition of a prominent Bolivian drug trafficker to Brazil has shed rare light on how family clans in the Andean nation serve as important cocaine suppliers to powerful organized…

Dirty Business – The Smuggling Pipeline Carrying Mercury Across the Amazon

BOLIVIA / 13 MAY 2021

Smuggling networks are feeding illegal mining operations across the Amazon Basin with mercury, despite global efforts to clamp down on the use of the substance.

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