All About Contraband

CONTRABAND / 12 MAY 2015

Paraguay has only one judge in charge of handling contraband cases, a startling admission in a country where smuggled contraband goods like sugar and cigarettes are endemic, highlighting the judicial…

ARGENTINA / 30 APR 2015

Two recent cases from opposite ends of South America show how criminal activities as diverse as contraband smuggling and human trafficking converge around one simple everyday product: textiles.

CIACS / 30 APR 2015

Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti have come under intense scrutiny for their potential links to one of the country's biggest corruption scandals in recent years.

CONTRABAND / 30 APR 2015

Data on seizures by customs officials at Mexico’s ports of entry over the last decade illustrates where organized crime prefers to smuggle goods into and out of the country, and…

COLOMBIA / 22 APR 2015

A former top official for Colombia's customs agency reportedly increased his wealth exponentially by collaborating with smugglers, allegations that, if true, illustrate how the corruption fueling Colombia's contraband boom extends far…

CONTRABAND / 3 APR 2015

When subsidized products become available at supermarkets in Venezuela, networks of foot soldiers called “bachaqueros” swoop in and empty shelves of goods to then sell for huge markups on the…

CONTRABAND / 25 MAR 2015

Costa Rica is considering imposing prison sentences for small-scale contraband smugglers, a hardline response to an illicit activity that governments across the region are struggling to reign in.  …

BOLIVIA / 19 MAR 2015

An investigation into Brazil's massive contraband trade highlights the scope of the problem and the modus operandi of smuggling networks responsible for economic losses of around $20 billion dollars a…

CONTRABAND / 17 MAR 2015

Peru reported seizing $379 million in pirated and contraband material in 2014, highlighting the extent of this illicit trade in the Andean country.

COLOMBIA / 20 FEB 2015

Police in Colombia have captured the so-called "fuel czar," the leader of a contraband smuggling operation along the border with Venezuela, in what could signal an effort to reduce the…

CONTRABAND / 12 JAN 2015

Contraband is a bigger problem in Costa Rica than drug trafficking, according to government officials, highlighting the scale of the country's illicit smuggling of goods that range from cigarettes to…

CONTRABAND / 9 DEC 2014

Paraguay's president has once again been identified as a beneficiary of Latin America's contraband cigarette trade, this time in Mexico, where black market cigarettes finance criminal groups like the Zetas…

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