Leaders in Belém failed to discuss measures to combat organized criminal groups perpetrating environmental crimes in the Amazon.
The tri-border where Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela meet has long served as a transit corridor for cocaine.
Legal protections for the Amazon rainforest are complicated by different domestic laws and competing interests across countries.
Deep in the vast jungle of the Amazon, critical primary forests are being razed to mine gold, grow coca, and harvest timber.
Illegal mining is by far the most widespread and insidious environmental crime occurring in the Amazon’s tri-border regions.
An annual review of Brazil's security landscape paints a highly pessimistic outlook for the country's criminal woes.
Venezuela's Presidents Chávez and Maduro, to secure long-term power, ensured the country's criminal groups would answer to them.
Illegal mining in Venezuela's Yapacana National Park has produced a parallel contraband economy to grow. And state actors know all about it.
Illegal mining is one of Venezuela's most well-entrenched criminal economies. Are there any legal solutions to the ecocide it causes?…
Brazil’s Federal Police detected no new illegal mines on Yanomami territory, but there remain barriers to ending illegal mining in the area. …
Colombia's biggest gold mine has come under attack from illegal miners. Experts blame the Gaitanistas, Colombia's foremost crime group.
The PCC appears to be providing support to illegal miners in the Yanomami territory in Brazil's northern state of Roraima.
The end of a ceasefire with Colombia's largest criminal group, the AGC, is a serious body blow to hopes for peace.