Killing on Brazil-Paraguay Border Is Latest Sign of Narco War

The murder of a convicted drug kingpin’s brother on the border between Brazil and Paraguay is the latest indication of an ongoing battle for control of lucrative drug trafficking routes in the area, which is well known for violence and corruption linked to the narcotics trade…

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Talking about Colombia Coca Production on InSight Crime’s “Weekly InSight”

I joined Senior Investigators Deborah Bonello and Héctor Silva Ávalos for InSight Crime’s weekly Facebook Live session today, where we discussed new White House estimates of coca production in Colombia, the future of the Sinaloa Cartel after “El Chapo,” and the close ties between elites and organized crime in Latin America. You can watch the full video at this link, or embedded below:

Brazil Corruption Investigations to Target More Top Politicians: Reports

Hundreds of new corruption investigations could stem from testimony provided by executives of Brazil‘s biggest construction firm, media reports suggest, raising questions about the potential impact of the South American country’s long-running and expansive anti-graft drive…

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US Estimates Highest-Ever Colombia Coca Production

New US government estimates of coca production in Colombia indicate the South American country is growing more of the drug-producing crop than ever before, a development that is likely driving changes in underworld dynamics across the Americas and the globe…

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Are US Anti-Crime Programs in Central America Working?

Over the past several years, the United States has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on crime and violence prevention programs in Central America, with few evaluations of the impact of this investment. But one hotly debated study highlights the challenges of measuring security assistance outcomes, as well as the need for a greater body of analysis about the efficacy of such initiatives…

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Report Highlights Continued Growth in LatAm Drug Consumption

The latest annual report from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) describes a continuing trend of growing drug use in the Americas, and encourages countries to seek “non-punitive” solutions for dealing with this issue…

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