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Venezuela Citizens Charged with Trafficking Arms from Miami

Venezuela Citizens Charged with Trafficking Arms from Miami

US prosecutors have indicted five citizens of Venezuela in connection with a case involving a Miami arms trafficking network that illustrates the Florida city's importance for gun runners sending US weapons abroad.

News Briefs

Venezuela 'Kingpin' Skimmed Millions from State Food Program: Report

Venezuela 'Kingpin' Skimmed Millions from State Food Program: Report

Reports have emerged that a Venezuelan businessman and alleged drug kingpin with ties to the sitting vice president imported state-controlled...

New Statistics Highlight Mexico's Deteriorating Security Situation

New Statistics Highlight Mexico's Deteriorating Security Situation

Mexico's latest official homicide figures indicate a significant increase in murders, a trend likely related in large part to shifting...

Last FARC Rebels Reach Concentration Zones, But Questions Remain

Last FARC Rebels Reach Concentration Zones, But Questions Remain

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said the FARC guerrillas have completed their transition into special concentration zones, but questions remain...

Raid of Colombia Cocaine Labs Shows Resilience of Drug Trade

Raid of Colombia Cocaine Labs Shows Resilience of Drug Trade

Security forces in Colombia have destroyed over 150 cocaine laboratories belonging to a criminal group that the government recently announced...

Haiti’s Hellish Prisons Symbolize Broken Justice System

Haiti’s Hellish Prisons Symbolize Broken Justice System

A recent report by the Associated Press depicts hellish and lethal conditions suffered by inmates in Haiti's jails, providing further...

Almost 500 Military Deaths Since Start of Mexico's Drug War

Almost 500 Military Deaths Since Start of Mexico's Drug War

Mexico's defense secretary says nearly 500 military personnel have been killed since the start of the country's drug war a...

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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...

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...

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...

'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...

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...

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...