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US Warns of CJNG Expansion from Mexico

US Warns of CJNG Expansion from Mexico

American officials are reporting that the Jalisco Cartel - New Generation (CJNG) has expanded its trafficking operations in the United States, marking an important evolution in the modus operandi of the growing criminal organization.

News Briefs

Rio de Janeiro Budget Crisis Heightens Security Concerns for Carnival

Rio de Janeiro Budget Crisis Heightens Security Concerns for Carnival

Brazil's deployment of thousands of military police to Rio de Janeiro ahead of Carnival, amid fears of police strikes linked...

FARC Demobilization Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

FARC Demobilization Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

Authorities in Costa Rica are worried that the dismantling of Colombia's main guerrilla group could threaten the Central American country's...

Honduras Authorities Covered Up Police Sending Weapons to FARC: Report

Honduras Authorities Covered Up Police Sending Weapons to FARC: Report

An El Heraldo report revealed that top security officials have suppressed internal investigations into a police network that allegedly sold...

Multilateral Cooperation Positive Sign for Odebrecht Investigations

Multilateral Cooperation Positive Sign for Odebrecht Investigations

Prosecutors from 11 countries have met to coordinate their response to the Odebrecht corruption case, in an unusually strong showing...

Retired Military Investigated for Cocaine Trafficking in Peru

Retired Military Investigated for Cocaine Trafficking in Peru

Peru's authorities are investigating former members of the armed forces for using military property as the base for a cocaine...

Brazil to Compensate Prisoners Who Suffer from Overcrowding

Brazil to Compensate Prisoners Who Suffer from Overcrowding

Brazil's Supreme Court has ruled the state must compensate prisoners held in overcrowded conditions, in a decision that could lead...

Investigations

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The Lucky ‘Kingpin’: How ‘Chepe Diablo’ Has (So Far) Ridiculed Justice

The Lucky ‘Kingpin’: How ‘Chepe Diablo’ Has (So Far) Ridiculed Justice

José Adán Salazar Umaña is the only Salvadoran citizen currently on the US government's Kingpin List. But in his defense, Salazar Umaña claims is he is an honorable businessman who started his career by exchanging money along the borders between Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. He does...

'MS13 Members Imprisoned in El Salvador Can Direct the Gang in the US'

'MS13 Members Imprisoned in El Salvador Can Direct the Gang in the US'

Special Agent David LeValley headed the criminal division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Washington office until last November 8. While in office, he witnessed the rise of the MS13, the Barrio 18 (18th Street) and other smaller gangs in the District of Columbia as well...

Guatemala's Mafia State and the Case of Mauricio López Bonilla

Guatemala's Mafia State and the Case of Mauricio López Bonilla

Former Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla -- a decorated war hero and a longtime US ally -- finds himself treading water amidst a flurry of accusations about corruption and his connections to drug traffickers. López Bonilla is not the most well-known suspect in the cases against...

The MS13 Moves (Again) to Expand on US East Coast

The MS13 Moves (Again) to Expand on US East Coast

Local police and justice officials are convinced that the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) has strengthened its presence along the East Coast of the United States. The alarm follows a recent spate of violence -- of the type not seen in a decade -- which included dismembered bodies and...

How the MS13 Got Its Foothold in Transnational Drug Trafficking

How the MS13 Got Its Foothold in Transnational Drug Trafficking

Throughout the continent, the debate on whether or not the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) gang is working with or for drug traffickers continues. In this investigation, journalist Carlos García tells the story of how a member of the MS13 entered the methamphetamine distribution business under the powerful auspices...

How the MS13 Tried (and Failed) to Create a Single Gang in the US

How the MS13 Tried (and Failed) to Create a Single Gang in the US

In July 2011, members of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) attended a meeting organized in California by a criminal known as "Bad Boy." Among the invitees was José Juan Rodríguez Juárez, known as "Dreamer," who had gone to the meeting hoping to better understand what was beginning to...