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Mexico’s Presidential Front-Runner Proposes Giving Amnesty To Drug Lords

In a bid for presidency, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a leading candidate, has promised to put an end to the drug war in Mexico if he is elected. Obrador announced a willingness to open a dialogue with the cartel drug lords, proposing to grant amnesty...

HISTORY OF DRUG TRAFFICKING

(History.com) Drug trafficking in the United States dates back to the 19th century. From opium to marijuana to cocaine, a variety of substances have been illegally imported, sold and distributed throughout U.S. history, often with devastating consequences. EARLY OPIUM TRADE IN THE UNITED STATES During the...

Nicaragua Claims No ‘Cartel’ Presence, But Past Cases Tell a Different Story

Authorities in Nicaragua are trumpeting their counternarcotics efforts, which they say have kept "cartels" out of the country. But a series of prosecutions of alleged crime bosses shows that sophisticated, large-scale drug trafficking groups do indeed operate in the Central American nation. Nicaragua's top military...

Blow to Colombian Drug Cartel

It’s called the “balloon effect” – as Colombia and Mexico put the squeeze on drug cartels at their ends, the bad guys flow to the area of least resistance, Central America. Image for illustrative purposes TODAY COLOMBIA (AFP) BOGOTA – Authorities have arrested 15 people...

The Evolving Criminal Structures in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) A drug trafficking network linked to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel has been dismantled in Costa Rica, a sign that the country's criminal structures are becoming increasingly involved in transnational drug trafficking. A two-year investigation culminated in the arrest of 14 individuals across the country on...

Increase in Costa Rica Crime Rate Drug Related

(QCOSTARICA) A rise in crime in Costa Rica can be directly attributed to drug trafficking, a rise in drug-related murders contributing to the homicide rate almost doubling in the last decade and a half. According to the report by Crhoy.com, battles for turf between local...

Organized Crime Profits from Modern Slavery in Latin America

Q24N - A new report sheds light on how vulnerable populations subjected to slave-like conditions line the pocketbooks of organized crime networks across Latin America. The 2016 Global Slavery Index (pdf) published by Walk Free Foundation estimates that 2.2 million of the world's 45.8 million enslaved people...

In Costa Rica A Narco Dies Every Two Days In The War For Territory

QCOSTARICA - Being involved in the drug trade in Costa Rica decreases one's life span, less during a drug war, as is the case currently going on in the country and mainly centred in the Greater Metropolitan Area of San Jose. According to numbers by...

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