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Weekly InSight: ‘Chepe Diablo,’ the Texis Cartel and El Salvador Elites

In our April 6 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos spoke with Senior Editor Mike LaSusa about one of the biggest organized crime stories in Latin America this week: the arrest of José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias “Chepe Diablo,” the alleged leader of El Salvador‘s Texis Cartel

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Cargo Robberies in Northern Triangle Hamper Regional Commerce

Criminal groups are stealing commercial shipments transiting Central America’s Northern Triangle, illustrating how insecurity in the region is negatively impacting regional trade…

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Report Describes Shifting Patterns of Violence in El Salvador

A new report describes recent shifts in the characteristics of violence in El Salvador, and it offers recommendations for how to deal with these developments, focusing particularly on the need to tailor violence reduction and prevention strategies to specific local conditions…

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El Salvador Disappearances Down From Post-Gang Truce Peak

Newly reported statistics from El Salvador‘s National Civil Police indicate that disappearances have declined from a peak reached in 2014 after the dissolution of a controversial gang truce, raising questions about the relationship between the truce and the rate of disappearances…

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Arrest of Ex-Attorney General a Promising Sign for El Salvador

El Salvador Attorney General Douglas Meléndez has ordered the arrest of several prominent suspects accused of judicial corruption, including his own predecessor, an unprecedented move that suggests Meléndez’s office is prepared to pursue high-profile corruption cases…

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Northern Triangle Policing Pact Limits Focus to Gangs

The three countries of Central America’s “Northern Triangle” have agreed to cooperate on fighting the regional threat posed by gangs, but it remains to be seen whether this cooperation will extend to combating other types of organized crime…

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‘MS13 Gang Sought High-Powered Arms in Mexico, Guatemala’

Prosecutors in El Salvador have filed court documents alleging that MS13 leaders sought to arm an “elite unit” of the gang with high-powered weapons purchased in Mexico and Guatemala, an indication that the group’s transnational connections contribute to its domestic clout…

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