All About Contraband

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…

COLOMBIA / 19 NOV 2014

Everything from clothes to cattle, whiskey to washing machines is smuggled into Colombia in a contraband trade worth nearly $6 billion a year, according to government estimates.

COLOMBIA / 18 NOV 2014

Police footage shows how Colombian police confront contraband runners along the Caribbean coast, from chasing down speeding trucks loaded with gasoline to shooting tears gas at the drivers. …

COLOMBIA / 18 NOV 2014

A police raid on a luxury mansion in Brazil in late October brought the era of Marquitos and Kiko crashing down: the gangster and the politician who together built a…

COLOMBIA / 16 NOV 2014

The Colombian border town of Cucuta has smuggling coursing through its veins, underpinning its economy and strengthening organized crime, which is raking in millions from everything from beef to gasoline.

COLOMBIA / 23 OCT 2014

Police have captured the most wanted man in northeast Colombia, "Marquitos" Figueroa, a blow against a criminal network that not only controls gasoline smuggling and drug trafficking routes but has…

CONTRABAND / 7 OCT 2014

Every day, enormous handmade rafts cross the Suchiate river, located in the municipality of Ayutla in Guatemala's San Marcos province, carrying tons of goods from Mexico to Guatemala and vice…

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