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CONTRABAND / 23 JAN 2014

Venezuela's government is planning to nearly double the fixed official exchange rate for the country's currency. However, the move is unlikely to end the black market economy the fixed rate…

CONTRABAND / 11 DEC 2013

Millions of gallons of illegal petrol are flowing into Guatemala from Mexico each week, part of a highly lucrative regional trade that authorities are struggling to combat.

COLOMBIA / 22 NOV 2013

Authorities in Colombia have seized 34,000 gallons of contraband fuel and arrested 30 suspects, in a series of operations highlighting the extent of a lucrative illicit trade fed largely by…

CONTRABAND / 11 NOV 2013

Costa Rica has witnessed a five-fold rise in illegal cigarette seizures since 2012, suggesting illegal groups are capitalizing on a new tobacco law to flood the market with contraband products.

COLOMBIA / 28 OCT 2013

The counterfeit pharmaceutical trade in Colombia could be as profitable as the illegal drugs market, according to Colombia's customs chief, illustrating how organized crime groups are taking advantage of a…

CONTRABAND / 16 OCT 2013

Contraband smuggling in Guatemala has increased 14 percent over the last year, says the country's business community, a rise that could be connected to the fragmentation of organized crime.

CONTRABAND / 27 SEP 2013

Honduras is losing $230 million per year in revenues because of fuel smuggling, a practice driven by criminal groups capitalizing on Venezuela's fuel subsidies.

CONTRABAND / 23 SEP 2013

El Salvador's customs authority has classified 152 of the country's freight companies as presenting either a "high" or "medium" level of risk, and among them are several linked to drug…

CONTRABAND / 30 AUG 2013

Venezuela has officially inaugurated a civil-military Joint Task Force to combat smuggling and drug trafficking along the Colombian border, although it remains unclear how effective such a scheme can be…

COLOMBIA / 5 AUG 2013

Ecuadorean authorities confiscated $3 million in smuggled goods during the first six months of 2013 at a new checkpoint on the border with Colombia, yet unofficial border crossings continue to…

CONTRABAND / 5 AUG 2013

The Venezuelan government plans to create a new force tasked with patrolling the border with Colombia, which will face an uphill battle if it is to make a dent in…

CONTRABAND / 29 JUL 2013

The president-elect of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes, has attacked the state institutions of his predecessor, accusing them of corruption and involvement in Paraguay's lucrative smuggling and contraband sectors -- crimes…

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