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CONTRABAND / 22 JUL 2013

At least $50,000 worth of contraband gasoline is crossing from Ecuador into Peru each day, according to police, as subsidized fuel makes smuggling big business in different parts of…

COLOMBIA / 24 JUN 2013

Criminal groups in Colombia are responsible for the distribution of millions of illegal cigarettes tied to Paraguay President-elect Horacio Cartes, highlighting the dubious business links which have made his rise…

COLOMBIA / 12 JUN 2013

As the contraband trade in Colombia has grown into a $6 billion business controlled largely by organized criminal groups, it has become a national security problem, says one official, highlighting…

BELIZE / 10 JUN 2013

A free trade zone in Belize's Corozal district has become a hub for the regional contraband cigarette trade, highlighting both Belize's role in regional smuggling and how the lax customs…

CONTRABAND / 29 MAY 2013

Seizures of pharmaceutical drugs illegally trafficked from Nicaragua to Costa Rica have grown exponentially in the last three years, as innovative smugglers reverse a longstanding trend and develop a new…

COLOMBIA / 26 MAY 2013

The governor of La Guajira, Colombia's northernmost department, is accused of ties with neo-paramilitary criminal groups, suggesting deep-rooted corruption in an organized crime hotspot and demonstrating the potential for emergent…

CONTRABAND / 2 MAY 2013

The Venezuelan government has declared it will launch a renewed assault on gasoline trafficking in the Colombian border region, but the measures announced so far will do little to deter…

COLOMBIA / 1 MAY 2013

Colombian officials have seized 11 tons of contraband meat near the border with Venezuela, which authorities have linked to the money laundering operations of guerrillas and other drug trafficking organizations.

BOLIVIA / 22 APR 2013

Bolivian police have seized 5,000 baby caimans and 500 skins ready to be smuggled to Brazil, evidence of the regional trade in contraband wildlife.

COLOMBIA / 22 MAR 2013

Colombian police have seized over $1 million worth of contraband cigarettes and alcohol, breaking up a smuggling operation of the type commonly used to launder drug trade profits.

BOLIVIA / 6 MAR 2013

Smuggling rings operate in approximately 20 villages in the Bolivian border region, according to the Bolivian customs agency, underlining how deep the black market economy runs and how difficult it will…

COLOMBIA / 25 FEB 2013

Venezuela's National Guard found more than 5 tons of marijuana hidden in a fuel tanker in the border state of Tachira, an area with high levels of contraband flow into…

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