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Tensions Rise over Dissident MS13 Faction in El Salvador

Tensions Rise over Dissident MS13 Faction in El Salvador

A breakaway faction of El Salvador's MS13 gang has reportedly been the source of increasing conflict, underlining how gang rivalries and violence can contribute to cycles of retaliation.

El Salvador Self-Defense Group Poses Potential Security Concerns

El Salvador Self-Defense Group Poses Potential Security Concerns

A self-defense group operating in a rural community of El Salvador is asking for formal legal recognition, a reminder of security concerns elsewhere in the region caused by similar non-state actors taking justice into their own hands. 

El Salvador Crime Boss Allegedly Laundered Money with Panama Companies

El Salvador Crime Boss Allegedly Laundered Money with Panama Companies

José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," has been accused of laundering money via shell companies in Panama, a reminder of the important role these corporate structures play for criminal groups in Latin America.

El Salvador Vice President Engaged in 'Money Laundering Methods': Prosecutors

El Salvador Vice President Engaged in 'Money Laundering Methods': Prosecutors

The vice president of El Salvador, Óscar Ortiz, is closer than he has claimed to the illegal activities of José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," who was arrested on April 4 on money laundering charges.

'Chepe Diablo' Case (Upside Down): El Salvador Accuses, US Exonerates

'Chepe Diablo' Case (Upside Down): El Salvador Accuses, US Exonerates

In a reversal befitting of his criminal career, "Chepe Diablo" has been taken off the US Treasury Department's "Kingpin List," even as he faces stiff money laundering charges in home country, El Salvador.

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.