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US Congress Members Request Investigation of El Salvador Official Linked to Organized Crime

US Congress Members Request Investigation of El Salvador Official Linked to Organized Crime

Fourteen members of the US Congress, including Democrats and Republicans, signed a letter on June 21 in which they called upon the Treasury Department to open an official investigation of Salvadoran political leader and current Vice Minister of Foreign Relations José Luis Merino for "long-standing associations with transnational organized criminal networks [that] are the subject of US criminal investigations."

El Salvador Strikes against Death Squads Led by Army, Police

El Salvador Strikes against Death Squads Led by Army, Police

Police and army officials were among those arrested in El Salvador's biggest opperation against anti-gang death squads in recent memory, as the authorities finally move against the deadly militias that have flourished under their noses.

US Lacks Evidence Linking Migrant Children to MS13 Crimes

US Lacks Evidence Linking Migrant Children to MS13 Crimes

Representatives of three US federal law enforcement agencies were unable to offer the Senate Judiciary Committee any conclusive evidence of links (beyond isolated cases) between groups of unaccompanied minors who arrived in the United States since 2012 and the recent increase in crimes attributed to the MS13 gang in several cities around the country.

CentAm Gangs Selling Drug Trafficking Services on Dark Web: UN Official

CentAm Gangs Selling Drug Trafficking Services on Dark Web: UN Official

A UN official stated that Central American gangs are strengthening their ties with transnational drug trafficking groups, in some cases using the dark web, raising questions about the potentially evolving role of Central American gangs in the transnational drug trade.

US Reverses Course in CentAm with Heavy-Handed 'Drug War' Approach

US Reverses Course in CentAm with Heavy-Handed 'Drug War' Approach

In a meeting held with the presidents of the Northern Triangle countries of Central America last week in Miami, the administration of US President Donald Trump reiterated that henceforth the focus of bilateral relations will be prioritizing heavy-handed approaches to the so-called "drug war" and illegal migration to the United States stemming from the region, with little significance being given to the allocation of development funds. 

Since the end of El Salvador's civil war, the country's police has become a key player in the underworld. This series of five articles explore the dark ties between criminal organizations and the government's foremost crime fighting institution.