All About Arms Trafficking

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 4 JUN 2014

An apparent attempt to hinder an investigation into arms trafficking in El Salvador's army has sparked a harsh exchange of words between government officials and raises questions about what the…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 13 MAY 2014

Illegal mining, Colombian armed criminal groups and common crime are the three main markets for Ecuador's illegal arms trade, according to authorities, as the black market continues to be a…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 3 APR 2014

Authorities in Peru say the majority of arms used by criminal groups are stolen from private owners and security forces, highlighting a common regional phenomenon that is often…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 24 MAR 2014

Police in Brazil have dismantled a gang dedicated to trafficking arms and drugs between Paraguay and Rio de Janeiro, further evidence of Paraguay's status as South America's contraband hub.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 4 MAR 2014

Prosecutors in Colombia have issued a warrant for a high-ranking army official who stands accused of leading a ring that sold military weapons to narco-paramilitary group the Urabeños, highlighting a…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 13 FEB 2014

Two thirds of the 1.8 million guns in Honduras are reportedly circulating illegally, with the country's geography and high perceptions of insecurity fueling gun ownership.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 7 FEB 2014

Police in Paraguay have arrested three Brazilians after finding a cache of high-powered firearms, in a case highlighting both the migration of Brazil's criminals and Paraguay's importance as an arms…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 27 JAN 2014

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has announced the creation of "peace zones" and his justice minister said the government should consider stricter gun control, a piecemeal approach in the face of rampant violence.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 22 JAN 2014

Police in Colombia have captured an arms dealer whose operations reached across continents and whose criminal contacts spanned the spectrum of Colombian armed groups.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 10 JAN 2014

An investigation into arms seized in Brazil's biggest city, São Paulo, has revealed the United States is the largest single source of high-caliber weapons confiscated from criminals, a trend seen…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 6 JAN 2014

An arms inspection at a military barracks in Cali, Colombia, has found 500 weapons missing out of 1,000 counted, with another 15,000 still to be checked, as a major investigation…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 2 DEC 2013

A program to track El Salvador's hundreds of thousands of firearms has established that most come from the United States, suggesting civil war era weapons are being replaced through…

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