El Salvador Aims an ‘Iron Fist’ at Children
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Authorities in El Salvador are proposing to toughen legislation against minors in order to combat the growth of gangs, a sign officials are ready to use the “iron fist” security approach against juveniles. On April 7, Attorney General Douglas Arquímedes Meléndez Ruiz... Read more
America’s Caribbean Drug War Isn’t Making Much of a Dent
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The U.S.-backed anti-drug initiative Operation Martillo has been hammering away at drug traffic in Central American waters for over four years, but it is unclear how much of a dent its reported successes have made in organized crime. Operation Martillo (Spanish for... Read more
Eco-Traffickers Thrive On High Profits and Low Risk
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. An environmental group has accused Peru‘s government of cutting short the term of its top forestry official because his agency charged with protecting the country’s Amazon forest from timber traffickers was cracking down on the illegal export of wood to the United... Read more
Mexico’s ‘Anti-Corruption’ Guerrillas Declare War on Politicians
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. An armed group declaring war on Mexico‘s corruption has sprung up in a regional hotbed of organized crime and insurgency, where public distrust in state institutions continues to stir conflict. The group, which calls itself the Insurgency for Institutional and Social Rescue... Read more
Drug Cartel Lured Recruits With a Fake Private Security Firm
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Security forces in Mexico have arrested 13 people who allegedly coerced prospective employees of a fake private security firm into becoming drug dealers and hitmen for the Jalisco Cartel, which according to authorities is a sign the group is changing its recruiting... Read more
Report Shows Mexico’s Growing Importance in the Meth Trade
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A new report suggests Mexico‘s role in the production and trafficking of methamphetamine to the United States continues to grow, a reflection of how criminal groups throughout Latin America are diversifying their criminal portfolios to respond to market demands. According to a... Read more
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