All About Timber Trafficking

CHINA AND CRIME / 11 DEC 2012

Demand from Chinese buyers has contributed to the growth of an illicit trafficking network that is moving record amounts of granadillo wood out of Nicaragua, according to…

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 11 OCT 2012

A recent report on the environmental destruction caused by organized crime in Guatemala sheds light on an often overlooked consequence of criminal activity in the Americas.

COLOMBIA / 5 OCT 2012

Colombia's Coast Guard has said that paramilitary successor groups, known as BACRIMs, may be getting increasingly involved in timber trafficking on the Pacific coast as they seek new sources of…

COLOMBIA / 19 JUL 2012

The Colombian military seized 450 tons of illegally felled timber in the Pacific port of Buenaventura, drawing attention to the country's illicit logging industry.

BRAZIL / 30 MAY 2012

The story of a Brazilian campaigner forced to flee her Amazon home by death threats from illegal loggers underscores the dangers faced by land activists in the country, and the…

MEXICO / 20 APR 2012

Residents of the town of Cheran in Michoacan, west Mexico, briefly kidnapped 16 police officers to demand an investigation into illegal logging in their community, following a clash between locals…

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 17 APR 2012

Timber traffickers in Peru have built a huge logistical network for bribing officials and moving illegally harvested wood out of the country, and now drug traffickers are taking advantage of…

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 5 MAR 2012

Nicaragua has deployed an "eco-battalion" of some 580 soldiers charged with protecting the country's endangered natural resources.

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 20 FEB 2012

Recent seizures of illegally trafficked timber in Guatemala suggests there is an organized smuggling ring sophisticated enough to transport the wood in large quantities, Prensa Libre reports.

BRAZIL / 9 JAN 2012

Peruvian groups carry out illegal logging in Brazil before transporting the wood along tributaries of the Amazon into Peru, unhindered by law enforcement, reports O Globo.

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 24 NOV 2011

A long-running land conflict in southern Mexico is causing new problems, and the situation is made more dangerous by the prospect of intervention from drug trafficking groups and illegal logging…

COLOMBIA / 31 AUG 2011

Colombia’s government announced a “crusade” against illegal logging, vowing to clamp down on the multi-million dollar timber trafficking industry which, it says, funds organized criminal groups.

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