All About Contraband

COLOMBIA / 17 APR 2012

The Colombian trade in pirated goods is worth between $4 to $5 billion a year, according to a report, which notes that some 12 million pairs of shoes illegally entered…

CONTRABAND / 13 APR 2012

In Guatemala, dirty money leaves the country in tourist class, in the luggage of hundreds of men and women recruited by criminal organizations that export bills of illegal origin. The…

COLOMBIA / 20 MAR 2012

Colombia's government announced plans for a new anti-smuggling task force to counter the contraband trade, which is estimated to cost the country up to $5 billion per year.

COLOMBIA / 5 MAR 2012

A shootout between police in northern Venezuela and a suspected fuel trafficker, who was a member of the Wayuu people, draws attention to the role of the indigenous group in…

CONTRABAND / 20 JAN 2012

Guatemala's central police authority withdrew the police force based in a western border region, after local residents violently protested the seizure of contraband goods.

COLOMBIA / 19 JAN 2012

Colombia police seized over $400,000 worth of contraband liquor smuggled from Venezuela, reportedly intended to keep revellers tipsy during the Barranquilla Carnival.

BRAZIL / 3 NOV 2011

Brazil’s Federal Police arrested a group allegedly trying to smuggle electronic equipment from Paraguay into northern São Paulo state, driving a police car into the wing of the suspects' plane…

BOLIVIA / 24 OCT 2011

A special task force on public corruption has arrested eight military police accused of participation in a smuggling ring in Matto Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, two…

COLOMBIA / 7 OCT 2011

Contraband liquor is an increasingly serious business in Colombia, not just for those made sick by tainted alcohol, but for law enforcement concerned that the trade is increasingly controlled by…

BRAZIL / 14 SEP 2011

Brazilian and Paraguayan forces allegedly exchanged fire last week in the crime-ridden border region, highlighting possible tensions between the security forces of the two countries as they attempt to crack…

COLOMBIA / 9 AUG 2011

The strategic Colombian peninsula of La Guajira, a sought after departure point for drugs heading across the Caribbean, may be up for grabs once more with the arrest of the…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 19 JUL 2011

Brazil's government is considering changing the law so that contraband seized on the borders need not be stored by the state for the duration of court cases against alleged traffickers.

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