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CACHIROS / 20 SEP 2013

The Honduras government, working closely with US authorities, has cracked down on one of Honduras' largest drug transport organizations, the Cachiros, seizing properties and businesses and in the process painting…

ELITES AND CRIME / 19 SEP 2013

A Peruvian army general has been accused of making up 620 "phantom soldiers" to claim extra funding, an illustration of the endemic corruption that reaches the highest levels of the…

ELITES AND CRIME / 17 SEP 2013

Following the violent deaths of eight police in northwest Guatemala, the government began one of the biggest and most successful operations undertaken since the beginning of the current administration. However,…

CHEPE DIABLO / 12 SEP 2013

Police in El Salvador have rounded up 16 alleged members of the Texis Cartel, in the latest sign that authorities are edging ever closer to cartel kingpin "El Chepe Diablo."…

ARGENTINA / 11 SEP 2013

The failure of Argentina's government to provide important information for a money laundering investigation into an Argentine government linked contractor has apparently paralyzed proceedings in neighboring Uruguay, something that could…

COLOMBIA / 10 SEP 2013

A former top army commander in Colombia has been sentenced to 19 years and six months in prison for ties to paramilitaries, only the second high-profile military official to be…

ELITES AND CRIME / 9 SEP 2013

Peru has issued a "red alert" for the capture of 90 people accused of corruption during the administration of former President Alberto Fujimori, including a raft of his family members,…

ELITES AND CRIME / 6 SEP 2013

Guatemala's international anti-impunity body CICIG is now entering its final months of existence under the new leadership of a veteran Colombian investigator, but with the commission's many enemies closing in,…

CARIBBEAN / 23 JUL 2013

In Caribbean locations like the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, criminal groups have established clear-cut alliances with political parties and sectors of the state. By doing so, they are arguably…

ELITES AND CRIME / 7 MAY 2013

In Honduras, two high-profile killings have raised the question of whether criminal actors are waging a war against the government, in protest of the possible extradition of Honduran nationals to…

ELITES AND CRIME / 15 APR 2013

The pattern of releases and penalty reductions for prisoners convicted of drug trafficking in Nicaragua give an insight into the deep penetration of the drug trade into the judicial…

ELITES AND CRIME / 14 FEB 2013

A Christmas massacre in Huehuetenango, a Guatemalan province on the Mexican border, provides clues about the extent to which the country's elite is interlinked with organized crime.

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Memo Fantasma Coverage Gets Worldwide Attention

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