Drug War

GameChangers 2018: The Criminal ‘Winners’ in Latin America

Which criminal structures have gained the most strength in Latin America in 2018? Three groups, all based in different nations, have engaged in aggressive expansion, both territorial and economic, and are set to dominate the region’s criminal landscape…

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US ‘Call to Action’ on Drugs Shows Slipping Global Leadership Role

The United States put out a “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” ahead of the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, but several countries, including some prominent allies, declined to sign on, suggesting the role of the US as a global leader on drug policy is in decline…

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Can Governments Deter Violence Committed by Crime Groups?

For decades, governments throughout Latin America have responded to violent criminal groups with militarized campaigns aimed — in many cases futilely — at dismantling or destroying them. These crackdowns often exacerbate violence, but there may be a better way to handle the problem…

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Massive Mexico Methamphetamine Seizure Reflects Market Shifts

Authorities in Mexico have made what is almost certainly the largest seizure of methamphetamine in the country’s history, suggesting growing US demand has encouraged Mexican crime groups to increase production of the drug…

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Are Mexico Crime Groups Fueling Rise in US Overdose Deaths?

New data shows synthetic opioids are driving a sustained increase in overdose deaths in the United States, and booming seizures of these drugs by US and Mexican authorities suggest that Mexican crime groups could be playing a significant role in supplying the US market…

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US-Mexico ‘Action Plan’ Thinks Big, but Impact May Be Small

The United States and Mexico have announced plans for renewed cooperation on combating Mexico-based drug trafficking groups. But although the proposed strategy sounds promising on paper, it may be difficult to implement…

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After Working With CIA, Old-School ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ Face US Justice

A US court handed down an 11-year sentence to a former “cocaine cowboy” whose brother is currently fighting deportation from the United States. Both men worked alongside the US government at the time of their drug trafficking activities, lending a certain irony to their current legal predicaments…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.