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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.

Venezuela’s New Digital Currency: Economic Gamble or Criminal Scam?

Venezuela is planning to launch a new digital currency called the “petro,” which officials in the South American country have billed as a way to ameliorate a dire economic situation. But experts say the petro could be used for more sinister purposes, including corruption and money laundering…

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Colombia Election Results Cast Doubt Over Future of FARC Peace Deal

Recent congressional elections in Colombia brought victory to a slate of candidates opposed to a 2016 peace deal between the government and the now-demobilized FARC rebel group, creating serious uncertainty about the future of the accords ahead of a presidential election later this year…

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GameChangers 2017: Government and Gangs Battle for Brazil

A new war between Brazil’s two biggest crime groups has contributed to escalating violence across the country, which authorities are struggling to contain due to flawed crime control policies as well as ongoing political and economic uncertainty…

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GameChangers 2017: Trump Stumbles on Latin America Security

President Donald Trump’s approach to US security policy in Latin America has flailed during his first year in office, with his administration alienating key international allies, backing flawed anti-crime strategies throughout the region, and pursuing counterproductive domestic policies…

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

InSight Crime’s Favorite Fan Mail of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, InSight Crime takes a look back at some of our favorite interactions with our audience this year. Some are genuinely nice thank you notes or even  praise. Others are profanity-laced tirades about perceived biases or shortcomings in our coverage. And some are just plain weird…

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