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COLOMBIA / 15 MAY 2019

The hijacking of 11 vehicles loaded with contraband by ex-FARC Mafia along the border with Ecuador has revealed a new form of criminal financing for the former guerrilla fighters and…

COLOMBIA / 6 MAY 2019

A recent shootout at the main border crossing between Colombia and Venezuela and the killing of five people in another Venezuelan frontier town shows that clashes between criminal groups over…

CONTRABAND / 25 APR 2019

Venezuela's largest garbage dump has become a lawless territory where waste has become the raw material for a lucrative and growing criminal industry.

BOLIVIA / 12 APR 2019

Customs authorities in Bolivia have seized nearly two tons of contraband medicine to begin 2019, highlighting the scale of the illegal industry.

COCAINE / 6 APR 2019

Ecuador launched an operation to try and halt the flow of narco flights, planes carrying drug shipments, in early April, showcasing how such flights have become pivotal to drug trafficking…

CONTRABAND / 4 APR 2019

A Mexican senator has proposed tougher punishment for the illegal production and theft of medicine, as part of a renewed attempt to constrain the country’s booming black market for pharmaceutical…

ARGENTINA / 19 MAR 2019

Authorities in Argentina have dismantled an intricate organization illegally selling opioids and counterfeit medicines online to US customers, revealing a number of legal loopholes exploited by these criminal groups…

COCAINE / 15 MAR 2019

Snow on the Atlantic: How Cocaine Came to Europe provides an extensive dissection of how a sleepy corner of Spain grew to occupy a vital position in one of the…

BRAZIL / 15 MAR 2019

Authorities have revealed a new cocaine trafficking route from a Brazil shipping port to the Netherlands, confirming that the small European country is now a preferred receiving destination for the…

COCAINE / 12 MAR 2019

A remote port along the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica has long seen shipments of bananas and pineapples conceal another product: cocaine. Now that the Moín port, near the town…

CONTRABAND / 7 MAR 2019

A recent investigation into the theft and smuggling of bronze in Venezuela has revealed the existence of an organized crime network, dismantling Venezuelan artistic heritage in order to send bronze…

COLOMBIA / 4 MAR 2019

Two jail directors and 120 workers within Colombia’s national prison system are accused of charging inmates for perks, including better housing, in a case that underscores the role jail authorities…

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