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.
Extortion in Latin America continues to bring in fortunes for criminal gangs. So how do they do it?…
The US is losing allies in Latin America just as production of cocaine, fentanyl, and other synthetic drugs is going through the roof.
Increased security on land borders is forcing more migrants to enter Mexico from Guatemala by sea, running the risk of drowning.
Guatemala's former President Otto Pérez Molina and former Vice President Roxana Baldetti were sentenced to 16 years in prison on December 7.
US and Guatemalan authorities will tell you Moises Humberto Rivera Luna, alias "Viejo Santos," is a top member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13). But is he?…
Extortion in the Northern Triangle is predominantly done from prisons, yet prison populations have been on the rise.
As world leaders met for the United Nations General Assembly, Latin American presidents expressed various concerns about organized crime.
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