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COLOMBIA / 14 NOV 2019

Three years ago, a massive police operation swept through the Bronx, a small neighborhood at the center of much of the drug trafficking, prostitution and gambling taking place in Colombia's capital city…

ARGENTINA / 17 JUN 2019

A new report on drug consumption in the Americas once again lists Argentina as the country with the second highest rate of cocaine consumption per person, just behind the United States.

COLOMBIA / 21 MAY 2019

A violent criminal gang known as "La Línea" has triggered several deadly shootouts in battles with other armed groups seeking to control remote trails near the main border crossing between…

MEXICO / 22 APR 2019

Angry street vendors in Mexico City are threatening to form self-defense groups if authorities can't stop the activities of a powerful organized crime group.

BRAZIL / 3 APR 2019

A drug gang in Mexico City is providing menus of its products and making deals via WhatsApp in a case that shows how dealers exploit encrypted technology to reach customers…

INFOGRAPHICS / 29 MAR 2019

Authorities in Mexico have identified seven gangs that are posing major security threats in the country’s capital, although their status and potential impact on the broader security situation remains unclear.

ECUADOR / 5 MAR 2019

In the south Ecuador city of Guayaquil, organized crime has created a vicious circle of drug consumption: violent microtrafficking networks peddle drugs on the city streets creating the addicts that…

MEXICO / 26 JUN 2018

The discovery of two dismembered bodies in downtown Mexico City, the most recent in a series of violent acts, contradicts official declarations denying the presence of organized crime in the…

COSTA RICA / 17 MAY 2018

The dismantling, for the second time in two years, of a drug trafficking organization in Costa Rica led by a man held in a maximum security prison is a worrying…

MEXICO / 5 MAR 2018

A gun battle on the campus of Mexico’s largest university that left two dead underscores how the country’s continued struggles with tackling criminal violence are playing out on the…

BARRIO AZTECA / 2 OCT 2017

Authorities have blamed conflict over local drug markets for a bloody massacre at a drug treatment center in Mexico, the latest example of violence fueled by Mexico's fragmented criminal landscape.

MEXICO / 25 AUG 2017

A new video provides an inside look at the operations of small-scale drug trafficking groups on the campus of Mexico's biggest university, suggesting that the general lack of control…

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