Criminal Organizations

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 10:01
A new report indicates that Central American states have increasingly relied on the military to fight crime with help from the United States, a decision which may bear consequences for human rights and levels of violence within the young democracies.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 08:19
Delvin Salgado, the mayor of El Negrito in the north of the country, is one of at least 35 mayors or deputy mayors investigated for links with organised crime in since 2015, the authorities say.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 08:14
A rise in drug-related murders has contributed to Costa Rica's homicide rate almost doubling in the past 15 years, as the country's growing role in the regional narcotics trade continues to provoke anxiety among security officials.
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 06:52
Inmates temporarily took control of a state prison and set fire to mattresses on Wednesday in Brazil's northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte where gangsters have unleashed a wave of violence against the government.
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 06:37
A massive operation that has bared the finances of El Salvador’s MS13 gang offers compelling evidence to support of a long suspected theory: Government benefits extended the country’s gang leaders in connection with a 2012-2013 truce were used to strengthen their criminal organizations.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
President Obama announced Friday that he will send a battalion of about 1,000 Army soldiers to Poland as part of a new NATO mission, an effort to deter any aggression by Moscow at Russia’s borders with Poland and the Baltic countries.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
El Salvador’s three main gangs have moved toward forming a common front with a coordinating committee and a nonaggression pact that prohibits the invasion of other gangs’ territories and kill missions targeting members of rival gangs.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
More than three years into the term of Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto, the Jalisco Cartel - New Generation (CJNG) and Sinaloa Cartel operate in 15 states combined, while the Zetas and the Knights Templar have been reduced to operating in just one apiece.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
An operation across Eastern and Southern Africa targeting transnational crimes including human, drug and arms trafficking, people smuggling, terrorism, car theft and environmental crime has resulted in close to 4 500 arrests.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
Mexico is currently in the process of implementing historic changes to its criminal justice system, but the planned reforms include due process exceptions in organized crime cases that could undermine the initiative's intent.