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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…

ARGENTINA / 26 SEP 2014

Official corruption is facilitating Paraguay's contraband trade, particularly near the Triple Frontier with Brazil and Argentina -- a hot spot for the illicit movement of products ranging from food to…

CONTRABAND / 15 SEP 2014

As Guatemala gears up to select new Supreme Court Justices and appellate court judges, InSight Crime is investigating how organized crime influences the selection process. This story explores the role…

CONTRABAND / 5 SEP 2014

A UN report puts Guatemala among the top five most violent countries in the world, with 40.6 murders for every 100,000 inhabitants. It's difficult, in this country, to imagine a…

COLOMBIA / 25 AUG 2014

An investigative report by Semana magazine illustrates how contraband medication networks operate in Colombia and Venezuela by taking advantage of differences between healthcare systems, government regulations and pharmaceutical prices in…

CONTRABAND / 25 AUG 2014

Cattle-running groups have reportedly illegally transported 22,000 heads of cattle from eastern Nicaragua to Honduras in three months, highlighting the size of a trade that allegedly relies on corrupt officials…

COLOMBIA / 6 AUG 2014

The presidents of Colombia and Venezuela have reiterated their promise to crack down on contraband along their shared border. At the center of the crisis is the perennial illegal trade…

ARGENTINA / 28 JUL 2014

Authorities in Argentina have seized over $13 million in black market merchandise during 2014, highlighting the operations of so-called "buyers' caravans" that bring contraband from Bolivia to supply the Buenos…

COLOMBIA / 22 JUL 2014

The director of Colombia's tax and customs agency has resigned and left the country after stating he had received death threats from a shadowy businessman with alleged ties to Pablo…

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