All About Lorenzanas

EXTRADITION / 7 FEB 2012

A legal safeguard built into Guatemala's justice system is being used to stall the extraditions to the United States of some of the country's most notorious suspected drug traffickers.

GUATEMALA / 6 DEC 2011

The sister-in-law of Guatemala's president is a fugitive from justice, facing embezzlement charges, as well as allegations that she laundered money in Panama and associated with a man who financed…

GUATEMALA / 9 NOV 2011

Guatemala has now captured more top-level drug traffickers in the past two years than in the previous decade, no doubt thanks to pressure from the U.S., with the latest arrest…

GUATEMALA / 11 OCT 2011

International Crisis Group’s new report on Guatemala paints a bleak picture of a country overrun by Zetas and a government undermined by local drug lords, but it is as useful…

GUATEMALA / 17 JUN 2011

A profile from the Guatemalan online news site Plaza Publica of a flamboyant former mayor from north Guatemala, who slashed poverty and protected the environment while allegedly working…

GUATEMALA / 7 JUN 2011

Following the capture of Waldemar Lorenzana, alias "El Patriarca," head of one of Guatemala's biggest drug trafficking groups, Mexican gang the Zetas are tightening their hold over the…

GUATEMALA / 27 APR 2011

With the arrest of alleged drug kingpin Waldemar Lorenzana, organized crime in Guatemala seems to have taken a hit. However, a closer examination of the circumstances leading up to the capture…

BELIZE / 22 FEB 2011

Belize's ambassador to Guatemala has said that the Belize military may begin patrolling the Guatemalan side of the border in order to better combat a "spillover" of drug-related crime. Belize…

GUATEMALA / 2021-01-13

The Lorenzanas are a traditional contraband family, who, over time, became enmeshed in the lucrative drug trade. The group's criminal career ended in the early 2010s with the arrest and…

LEONES / 22 NOV 2010

The U.S. Government estimates that 90 percent of the illicit drugs entering its borders passes through the Central American Isthmus and Mexico. Of this, close to half goes through Central…

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