Colombia’s Private Killers
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A new report examines the relationship between private businesses and paramilitary groups during Colombia’s decades-long armed conflict, arguing that a post-conflict truth commission should investigate these potentially criminal dealings. The report, published on Feb. 26 by Colombian think tank Dejusticia, details 439 instances... Read more
Haiti Is Bringing Back Its Army
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Haiti is reconstituting its previously disbanded army after more than two decades, amid concerns about growing insecurity as a United Nations peacekeeping force is set to withdraw later this year. And while politicians have justified the move as a step toward combating contraband trafficking,... 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
Paraguay’s Campaign to Defeat 150 Rebels Is Totally Messed Up
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Paraguay’s task force targeting the EPP guerrilla group has been assigned its seventh commander in less than four years, a sign of the country’s failure to defeat the small rebel group and a worrying sign as the presence of Brazilian organized crime... Read more
Commando-Style Heist in Paraguay Involved 16 Car Bombs
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Paraguay’s Ciudad del Este witnessed scenes reminiscent of war as several dozen heavily armed men undertook a sophisticated and lethal heist operation, which authorities have blamed on Brazil’s most powerful crime group. Between 50 and 60 individuals armed with military-grade weapons and... Read more
Latin America Again Dominates the World’s 50 Deadliest Cities
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Venezuela’s capital Caracas has been ranked as the world’s deadliest city for a second year in a row, while Latin America still dominates the annual list with 43 of the 50 most violent urban centers. According to the yearly ranking by the... Read more
In Colombia’s Coca Corridor, Gangsters Fight for Power
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The ELN has denied responsibility for the killing of five civilians in the Colombian department of Chocó. The latest violence shows the zone’s valuable strategic position and highly lucrative criminal economies are worth fighting over by criminal groups following the demobilization of the... Read more
Meet the Little-Known Mexican Cartel Filling California’s Demand for Heroin
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A little-known drug trafficking group in Mexico called “Las Moicas” has not only successfully defended its foothold in the U.S. heroin market for years against Mexico’s most powerful cartels, but recent reports suggest that it might be expanding. In an interview with... Read more
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