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Top El Salvador Officials Embroiled in Food Aid Theft Investigation

NEWS / 21 SEP 2021

A scrapped investigation into alleged food aid theft by officials in the administration of El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has provided the first clear evidence that the government has systematically…

Is Dominican Republic Making Gains in Anti-Corruption Fight?

NEWS / 13 SEP 2021

The dismantling of a drug trafficking and money laundering network implicating government officials in the Dominican Republic has presented a serious challenge to President Luis Abinader’s anti-corruption drive.

Costa Rica Struggles to Profit from Sale of Narco-Assets

NEWS / 13 SEP 2021

In Costa Rica, the seizure of narco-assets presents more of an obstacle than a gift to authorities.

Panama Unveils Extent of Official Participation in Drug Trafficking

NEWS / 9 SEP 2021

As Panama struggles to contain an ever-growing flow of cocaine, a recent operation has revealed the extent to which officials are involved in facilitating the drug trade.

Álex Saab, Venezuela’s Keeper of Financial Secrets, Approved For Extradition to US

NEWS / 7 SEP 2021

A court in Cabo Verde has approved the extradition to the United States of Colombian businessman Álex Saab, who may hold key information on alleged money laundering schemes involving Venezuelan…

Venezuela's Smaller Gangs Carve Out Local Criminal Fiefdoms

NEWS / 7 SEP 2021

The visual is an arresting one. A Venezuelan army sergeant, his face swollen and his nose bleeding from a beating, is forced to speak on camera and tell his superiors…

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