All About Contraband

CHILE / 8 OCT 2020

While ruins have long been looted to supply the black market trade in antiquities, silver and textiles stolen from a museum in Chile reveal how thieves also target depositories of…

CONTRABAND / 21 SEP 2020

A spate of deaths following the consumption of adulterated alcohol suggest pandemic restrictions on alcohol sales have encouraged the expansion of a perilous black market in Mexico.

ARGENTINA / 12 AUG 2020

A series of trucks smuggling large amounts of cash of unknown origin have been intercepted along Argentina's northern border, leading to suspicions that coronavirus-related restrictions on the movement of goods…

CONTRABAND / 12 AUG 2020

The Cuban government has sent squads of military and police to end a spike in the selling of goods on the black market amid the pandemic, but the response seems…

BRAZIL / 4 AUG 2020

Food trucked into Venezuela from Brazil under a law allowing it to be transported for humanitarian needs is being diverted to Venezuela's black market.

CONTRABAND / 24 JUL 2020

As Venezuelan citizens try to return home during the coronavirus pandemic, their own government has accused them of spreading the virus while illegal groups along the Colombian border see them…

CHILE / 24 JUL 2020

The sophisticated theft of a cigarette shipment has put Chile’s worsening contraband cigarette crisis on display, which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

CONTRABAND / 10 JUL 2020

Last year, the arrest of top customs officials in Paraguay revealed a sprawling corruption network that allowed smugglers to operate with near-complete impunity. As their trial is now set to…

BRAZIL / 4 JUN 2020

Smugglers in Brazil wasted no time in moving an anti-malarial drug touted by President Jair Bolsonaro as a potential treatment for the coronavirus, smuggling more than 3,000 doses into the…

BOLIVIA / 3 JUN 2020

While Chile has one of the lowest homicide rates in Latin America and has managed to avoid major criminal groups developing there, a new survey has shown that Chileans see…

COLOMBIA / 15 MAY 2020

Despite having the world's largest oil reserves, years of mismanagement and theft have led Venezuela to a bizarre turn of events. Gasoline is so scarce in the country that, in…

ARGENTINA / 14 MAY 2020

Amid a shortage of cigarettes in Argentina after factory closings due to the coronavirus pandemic, the black market cigarette trade has surged -- an illegal economy with relatively low risk…

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