Corrupt Navy troops in Ecuador can be highly useful for drug traffickers, either to protect cocaine shipments or to simply let them pass.
Podocarpus Natural Park in southern Ecuador is only the most recent one to be threatened by encroaching gold miners.
With historic cocaine seizures happening across Latin America, how can governments safely and quickly get rid of the drugs they confiscate?…
Illegal gold mining in the remote Ecuadorian province of Napo has grown at a staggering rate. Environmental crime has grown in parallel.
Failing prison systems and entrenched corruption mean mega-prisons holding tens of thousands won't solve insecurity in Latin America.
Ecuadorean prison authorities quietly released Dritan Rexhepi, Albania's most notorious cocaine trafficker, last year.
Environmental crime is devastating the Amazon. What are these five Amazonian states doing to protect it?…
The Amazon is being plundered at an accelerating rate. Deforesters across Bolivia and Ecuador are emboldened to clear trees for agribusiness.
The transfers of top gang leaders from prison to prison in Ecuador often precede outbreaks of horrifying violence.
Murders in Esmeraldas, northern Ecuador, have exploded. Gangs battling for control of drug trafficking routes are to blame.