All About Contraband

CHILE / 12 MAY 2017

A new report indicates that Chile's contraband cigarette trade has increased exponentially during the past five years, a reminder of how profitable the illegal industry is for organized crime groups.

BRAZIL / 31 MAR 2017

Contraband cost Brazil tens of billions of dollars in 2016, according to two watchdog groups, an astonishing amount of money that illustrates the depth of the problem.

BRAZIL / 14 MAR 2017

Huge amounts of Venezuelan banknotes have turned up thousands of miles from the country's border for the second time in a month, raising questions about the potential criminal uses of…

CONTRABAND / 14 FEB 2017

Paraguay has seized 25 metric tons of Venezuelan currency, an illustration of how this soon to be worthless cash is highly valuable to counterfeiters looking to convert it into US…

CONTRABAND / 19 DEC 2016

President Nicolas Maduro has justified the withdrawal of Venezuela's 100 bolivar note as a means of undercutting criminal earnings, but past examples suggest that criminal groups will actually profit from…

CONTRABAND / 22 NOV 2016

A new study estimates that Paraguay's illegal economy was equal to 40 percent of the country's GDP last year, a huge number that points to how pervasive a wide range…

ARGENTINA / 14 NOV 2016

Paraguay is exporting more soybeans than it produces in a tell-tale sign of a booming contraband smuggling trade that utilizes the same cross-border blindspots as drug trafficking in the region.

COLOMBIA / 7 NOV 2016

Police in Colombia have seized over 1,800 cows smuggled into the country from Venezuela so far this year, shining a light on one of the few contraband sectors still thriving…

CONTRABAND / 2 SEP 2016

Representatives from Guatemala's agricultural industry have claimed food contraband has increased by almost one-third this year and cost the government over $2 billion in 2015, an accusation that does not…

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 1 SEP 2016

Authorities in food-poor Venezuela arrested two individuals on suspicion of smuggling almost three tons of white powder, but it wasn't the usual seizure of illegal drugs. It was flour.

COLOMBIA / 15 AUG 2016

Authorities in Colombia have dismantled what they claim to be the biggest gasoline smuggling network operating along the Venezuela border, a blow against smuggling that comes at a time when…

COLOMBIA / 28 JUL 2016

Authorities in Colombia disbanded what they are calling one the country's biggest contraband medicine networks, providing a look into a highly profitable criminal industry that has resulted in a high…

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