Guatemala’s multitude of criminal groups range from violent street gangs to trafficking groups that serve as intermediaries for Colombian and Mexican cartels. The violent MS13 and Barrio 18 gangs both have a foothold in the country, controlling extortion activities in Guatemala City’s urban neighborhoods. Long-time smuggling groups also have operations in the country’s porous border regions. These groups often have links to corrupt officials, ranging from local politicians to high-level security and government officials.
As world leaders met for the United Nations General Assembly, Latin American presidents expressed various concerns about organized crime.
Synthetic drugs like methamphetamine, fentanyl, and ecstasy are reshaping Latin America's drug trade.
Authorities in Guatemala have dismantled several human trafficking networks in a series of coordinated operations, shedding light on…
A US request has led Guatemala to dismantle a prolific human smuggling ring that smuggled migrants to the United States.
The US government has added dozens of individuals to a list of allegedly corrupt actors in Central America.
Amid El Salvador's brutal anti-gang crackdown, one top MS13 leader was escorted out of the country by a government official.
Why did drug trafficking enjoy such a boom during the COVID-19 pandemic…
Since El Salvador's government began a campaign of mass arrests two months ago in a gang crackdown, fewer than 60 suspected gang members fleeing the country have been arrested in…