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Bolivia Family Clans Key Cocaine Suppliers to Brazil, Colombia

NEWS / 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…

Showdown Brewing Over Fate of Runaway Mexico Governor

NEWS / 12 MAY 2021

Time appears to be running out for the governor of the US-Mexico border state of Tamaulipas – after lawmakers stripped him of his immunity from prosecution and US officials shared…

Earthly Delights: Religious Groups and Money Laundering in Dominican Republic

NEWS / 10 MAY 2021

High-ranking officials in the Dominican Republic are accused of siphoning millions of dollars in state funds through a religious non-profit, showing how minimal oversight of these groups makes them ideal…

Pandemic Spending Immunity Deepens El Salvador Corruption Concerns

NEWS / 10 MAY 2021

With a new law granting immunity to El Salvador officials accused of mismanaging coronavirus funds and the resignation of a prosecutor looking into pandemic-related spending, President Nayib Bukele and allies…

Texas Lawyer Sentenced for Shaking Down Colombia Drug Traffickers

NEWS / 7 MAY 2021

A central Texas lawyer known as the “DWI Dude” will spend more than 15 years in federal prison after deceiving Colombian drug traffickers with promises of getting their cases dismissed…

Colombia’s City of Cali Dealing with Fallout of Prosecutor’s Arrest

NEWS / 6 MAY 2021

In the past year and a half, two murder cases have shaken the city of Cali: the slaying of its lead organized crime prosecutor and the massacre of five youths…

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