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
It Never Ends Well When Brazil Sends Troops Onto the Streets
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Brazil’s defense minister has announced a new phase of security operations in Rio de Janeiro that will involve a massive military deployment, a strategy often used throughout Latin America that has repeatedly failed to produce long-term improvements. In preparation for the second... 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
Marines Take Control of Mexico’s Ports to Fight Out-of-Control Crime
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Mexico’s Marines will regain control of the country’s 103 ports on June 17, after a hiatus of 41 years. The move is a worrying sign that ports are out of control, but militarization has yet to become a panacea for any of... Read more
Smugglers With GPS-Connected Buoys Defy the U.S. Coast Guard
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Despite the use of advanced technology by authorities to combat drug smuggling to the United States, organized crime groups in Latin America are still using basic technology to elude them. Authorities in El Salvador say that drug trafficking groups from South America... Read more
Ecuador’s Alleged ‘Pablo Escobar’ Went From Boatman to Drug Lord
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. New details have emerged on the largely unknown operations of a recently-captured Ecuadorean drug trafficker, shedding light on the crucial, and often overlooked, role that Ecuador plays in the international drug trade. On April 11, Colombian authorities arrested Washington Prado Álava, alias “Gerard”... Read more
Gangs Are Killing a Record Number of Rio’s Cops
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A record number of police have been killed in Brazil’s state of Rio de Janeiro so far in 2017, in a seeming illustration of the police’s poor training and how they have become a central actor in the battle over that state’s... Read more
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