All About Microtrafficking

BRAZIL / 19 AUG 2014

Wealthy educated youth are increasingly involved in drug trafficking in Brazil, a phenomenon likely linked to a growing internal middle class market.

BRAZIL / 11 AUG 2014

Brazil is currently the second biggest consumer market for cocaine and its derivatives in the world, after the United States. Coca paste and crack are sold in bulk and at…

ARGENTINA / 18 JUN 2014

Authorities in Argentina have said a 60 percent rise in murders in the city of Mendoza is linked to the drug trade, following a nationwide pattern of rising violence as…

CARIBBEAN / 6 JUN 2014

Authorities in Puerto Rico are targeting a sophisticated gang accused of supplying the local drug market, in a case that demonstrates how rising cocaine transit through the island could fuel…

ARGENTINA / 5 JUN 2014

They have been labelled the most violent and dangerous fans in Latin America, if not the world. In Argentina, an organized network of fan-run gangs known as "barras bravas" exert…

MEXICO / 23 MAY 2014

Police have arrested the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping and murder of 13 youths in Mexico City, marking the final stages of the investigation into the notorious "Heaven" case, which…

EXTORTION / 9 MAY 2014

Authorities in Venezuela have killed four members of a criminal group that allegedly commands 30 smaller groups, suggesting a level of sophistication and organization that could mean Venezuelan criminals are…

BRAZIL / 29 APR 2014

After repeated failed efforts to rout the crack trade in São Paulo, the city is implementing an experimental new program which could provide a model for other drug-plagued cities in…

ARGENTINA / 21 APR 2014

Argentina's former vice-president and current governor of Buenos Aires province has called drug trafficking the country's "number one public enemy," recognizing an increasing and evolving issue that is bringing heightened…

COLOMBIA / 11 APR 2014

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has ordered the demolition of numerous buildings used as drug sales points, a strategy that seems to have little practical value and will almost certainly…

BRAZIL / 4 APR 2014

Deep in the Amazon, where Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet, the once crime saturated Colombian city of Leticia enjoys relative tranquility, while Brazilian neighbor Tabatinga is rocked by drug…

BARRIO 18 / 3 APR 2014

Political scientist Juan Carlos Garzon takes a closer look at the relationship between El Salvador's maras and transnational drug trafficking, finding that these ties are often exaggerated and serve to…

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