All About Arms Trafficking

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 8 JAN 2016

Recent legal actions against former military officials in El Salvador and Guatemala illustrate how the shadowy military networks currently operating in these countries have their roots in criminal rings that…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 19 OCT 2015

An officer in El Salvador’s army has been arrested for selling firearms to an alleged gang member, highlighting how the country’s military is fueling a widespread illegal market for weapons.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 16 OCT 2015

A recent report reveals 60 percent of all confiscated weapons in Mexico are seized in the three states of Tamaulipas, Guerrero, and Jalisco, with 7 out of 10 weapons confiscated…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 29 SEP 2015

The demand for illicit weapons in El Salvador has surged to such an extent that it has impacted the black market in neighboring Guatemala. Raul Mijango, perhaps the last supporter…

ARGENTINA / 21 SEP 2015

Footage shot using a hidden camera sheds light on the dynamics of the Southern Cone’s illicit arms trade, showing how easy it is to purchase weapons at the tri-border area,…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 15 SEP 2015

A new report says the majority of firearms trafficked into Mexico may not be manufactured in the United States, highlighting the need for the US government to close a loophole…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 9 SEP 2015

Authorities in El Salvador have arrested a former colonel after a house raid turned up a stockpile of weapons, highlighting ongoing military involvement in arms trafficking.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 8 SEP 2015

Authorities say increasingly modified and modernized handmade firearms have surfaced in Honduras, but the real problem remains the prevalence of illegal manufactured weapons throughout the country.

ARGENTINA / 14 AUG 2015

Japanese crime families operate throughout much of the island nation. But some mobsters have transplanted to Latin American nations like Argentina, where they continue to carry out the criminal…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 14 JUL 2015

An ammunition heist from an Air Force base in Uruguay points to corruption in the country’s security forces, and further indicates that the generally peaceful country serves as a prominent…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 19 JUN 2015

El Salvador's street gangs were reportedly involved in a criminal network that trafficked weapons into the country, a worrying sign of increased sophistication on the gangs' part.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 18 JUN 2015

Reported seizures of firearms in Colombia and Mexico far outstrip those of war-torn Iraq, according to a new United Nations report, a reflection of the huge demand for illicit weapons…

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