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Proposed Reform in Mexico is Feared Unlikely to Yield Change in Security

Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has used his transition period before taking office in December to launch a series of proposals to reform the nation’s security agencies. But the substance of these plans sheds light on Mexico’s age-old impulse to rely on needless reorganization as a substitute for institutional improvement. Among the most dramatic […]

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International Collaboration Terminates Drug Trafficking Network

A joint operation between four Latin American countries dismantled a drug trafficking organization, demonstrating the success of regional cooperation policies in the fight against sophisticated transnational organized crime structures whose diversified and specialized operations extend across the continent. On August 14, 2018, authorities from Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico announced the arrest of 38 people […]

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Billions in Laundered Money Have Passed Through Peru’s Banks

Secret documents leaked to OjoPúblico reveal that more than $2.2 billion linked to suspected criminal activity entered Peru’s financial system through clients with alleged ties to drug trafficking, illegal gold mining, tax evasion and corruption. OjoPúblico reached out to Banco de Crédito del Perú and BBVA Continental, the country’s two main banks, to learn more […]

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Uncovered Chile Cocaine Lab With Bolivian Connections

Chilean authorities have dismantled yet another cocaine lab, used by a group of Bolivians and Chileans to process the drug into its liquid form, suggesting that Chile’s role in the drug trade may be evolving beyond that of a transshipment point. Following a six-month investigation, Chilean police seized more than 530 kilograms of cocaine and […]

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Illegal Fuel Smuggling Between Colombia & Venezuela Border

Rivers of gasoline flow across the desert border from Venezuela into Colombia’s La Guajira department, nourishing an immense illegal market and enriching a new criminal group that has replaced the old “caravans of death” in the fuel smuggling world. Afraid, people only whisper about the powerful criminal group known as the Contraband Cartel (Cartel del […]

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Recent Wave of Violence in Medellin Sparks Concerns

Authorities in Colombia are responding to a recent wave of violence in Medellín with large-scale security force occupations and targeted arrests of crime bosses, but the factors fueling the clashes remain unclear and the security strategy may be exacerbating tensions. During the last two weeks of April, a spate of homicides and violent clashes between […]

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New Arrests Expand Brazil’s Anti-Corruption Drive

A new wave of arrests is continuing to expand the scope of Brazil’s wide-reaching anti-corruption probes, but the growing number of cases will likely move slowly through the country’s already backlogged court system. The Attorney General’s Office on May 8 announced a round of arrest warrants linked to a scheme involving the payment of bribes […]

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