Colombia’s Biggest Organized Crime Group Is Hurting
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The most wanted drug trafficker in Colombia and leader of the powerful Urabeños has offered to surrender himself and his organization to authorities just days after his number two was killed by security forces. However, it is unlikely that the dispersed, decentralized criminal group will be... Read more
El Salvador Cops Allegedly Formed a Death Squad
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The government of El Salvador has yet to provide a convincing response to allegations that senior officers of the national police created criminal networks within the institution that engaged in extrajudicial killings, sexual assault and extortion. The allegations resurfaced following an investigation by Revista Factum that revealed... Read more
Tracking the FARC Rebels’ Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Assets
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Colombia’s demobilized FARC have finally revealed their official list of assets — worth hundreds of millions of dollars — but the country’s top prosecutor has already lambasted the “useless” inventory, which likely comes up far short in its accounting of the former guerrillas’ true... Read more
New Shows Examine the CIA’s Past Role in Latin America’s Cocaine Trade
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A pair of new television programs tackles the role of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in the erection of Latin American drug routes, and while neither breaks much new ground, both reflect lingering suspicions regarding the agency’s legacy in the region. FX’s... Read more
The United States’ Response to the Opioid Crisis Comes Up Short
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a specialized opioid detection unit to address the drug abuse crisis afflicting the country, one of the first major actions the United States has taken so far on one of Pres. Donald Trump’s key campaign... Read more
Mexico Has No Clue What to Do About Vigilante Militias
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The presence of armed civilian self-defense groups across Mexico will only cause “anarchy,” according to the country’s interior minister. His recent comments underscore a lack of coherent public policy on key security issues, as well as the precarious situation faced by citizens exposed to... Read more
Argentina Flipped on Its Radars, Then Found Hundreds of Drug Flights
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. An Argentine security official claims interdiction efforts against fluvial and land-based trafficking have spurred a sharp rise in drug flights. But improved radar coverage and an overall growth in drug trafficking are more likely to blame for the shift. Argentina’s Deputy Secretary... Read more
Mexico’s Sky-High Murder Rate Rises Again
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A new report on high-impact crimes in Mexico underscores that violence and insecurity continue to be grave problems, raising further questions about the country’s lack of effective strategies to combat growing violence. The report from Mexico’s National Citizens Observatory, the 2016 Incidences of High Impact Crimes in Mexico, is an annual... Read more
Higher-Quality U.S. Weed, Police Crackdown Spiked Homicides in Jamaica
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Jamaica’s homicide rate has risen steeply in 2017, in what is likely the symptom of a splintering underworld. Between January and June 10, 639 people were murdered in Jamaica, an average of four murders a day, police data revealed. This reportedly represents a... Read more
Mexico’s ‘Kingpin Strategy’ Took Out 107 of 122 Drug Lords in Five Years
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Recent boasting by government officials in Mexico about the country’s success in capturing criminal bosses has reopened a longstanding debate about the strategic goals of Mexico’s organized crime policies. The administration of Pres. Enrique Peña Nieto recently disclosed that during his five... Read more
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