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U.S. Increases Contribution To Costa Rica To Fight Organized Crime

The United States Congress approved to provide Costa Rica with a US$40.7 million item in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime during 2019. According to the Foreign Ministry, said budget allocation represents an increase of 33% with respect to the aid received from...

Is Latin America Harboring a Mafia State?

(Panam Post) Many analysts are shocked at the collapse of Venezuela, a nation that was once showcased as the cradle of modernity in Latin America. This surprise of course springs from the fact that most observers failed to realize that the ascent of the...

Drug trafficking and organized crime, agenda topics with the United States

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Colombia’s defense minister on Friday to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Colombia, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said. The defense ministers of Colombia,  Guillermo Botero and the United States, James Mattis met...

3 Out Of 10 Murders in Costa Rica Linked To Drugs And Organize Crime

Three out of every 10 homicides since January of this year are linked to drug trafficking or organized crime, explained Verónica Pérez of the Office of Plans and Operations of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). The last case that the authorities are investigating -...

7 Reasons for Describing Venezuela as a ‘Mafia State’

Insightcrime.org – There is no universally accepted definition of what constitutes a “mafia state.” Here are seven arguments as to why we think Venezuela qualifies and what the implications are of this troubled Andean nation as a regional crime hub. 1. Top level criminal penetration...

OIJ raids 40 houses to dsimantle drug distribution network in Heredia (Photos)

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) raided a total of 40 homes in the province of Heredia in an attempt to dismantle a gang dedicated to the distribution of illegal drugs. In total 5 groups were targeted...

Is the Impact of Violence in Mexico Similar to War Zones?

The impact that drug-related violence has on citizens in Mexico is similar to what people living through war experience, according to the president of the Red Cross, in a controversial comparison that has been made before. In an October 21 interview with El Universal, Peter Maurer...

The Bodies Keep Piling Up

Q COSTA RICA - Four men were killed on Thursday in a four-hour period in Pavas, Paso Ancho and Tibas, in what authorities believe is pay-back, acts of revenge, linked to organized crime and the illegal drug trade. In Paso Ancho, the bodies were 150...

How Violence Against Women Fuels More Crime

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) Across Latin America, the incredibly high levels of violence against women have long been denounced by non-governmental organizations and the media. Ignoring this phenomenon would be dangerous, as this form of violence can help lay the groundwork for criminal behavior, perhaps especially...

OIJ Gets Serious In Combating ‘Specialized Criminals’ Plaguing The Country

Q COSTA RICA - The Organismo Investigación Judicial (OIJ), Costa Rica's judicial police, announced the creation of a major crimes unit to combat the 'elites' of organized crime. The unit, Seccióon Especializada Contra Crimen Organizado (SECCR), that is made up of 20 agents, began operations...

Fact Checking Venezuelan Passports-to-Terrorists Allegations

Venezuela may have given passports to people with ties to terrorism – CNN.comTODAY VENEZUELA – Over the past two weeks, a familiar narrative has been resuscitated: the threat of “Islamic terrorism” emanating from Latin America, through the revival of one of its most important...

Demobilization of FARC In Colombia Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

Q COSTA RICA (Insightcrime.org) Authorities in Costa Rica are worried that the dismantling of Colombia's main guerrilla group could threaten the country's stability, as a new generation of criminal networks are likely to take over the drug routes formerly held by the insurgents. Speaking before...

Trump’s Plan to Tackle Latin America’s “Bad Hombres” Bluster, No Substance

Q24N (Insighcrime.org) Donald Trump has targeted organized crime and drug cartels in a new executive order, but beyond the tough talk and bluster there is little to suggest the new US president has any serious strategy to tackle Latin America's "bad hombres." On February 9,...

What a Trump Presidency Means for Latin America Organized Crime

(Q24N) Insightcrime.org- In the wake of Donald Trump's surprising victory in the US presidential election, InSight Crime considers the impact his administration could have on security and organized crime in Latin America. Trump will hold the top office alongside a Republican-dominated Congress, as the party...

China Donates To Costa Rica Airplanes To Fight Crime and For Use in Humanitarian Aid

(QCOSTARICA) Through a donation by the government of China, Costa Rica now has two new airplanes for the transport of police for the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking, as well as ambulance and humanitarian aid. The two planes, with the tail numbers MSP009...

Narco Model Sentenced To Four Years in Prison

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rican model Adriana Kathia Corella will be spending the next four years and six months in prison, sentenced by a Nicaraguan court for money laundering and organized crime. The sentence was read Wednesday afternoon by judge of the Seventh Criminal Court District Trial...

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...

Panama Papers Reveal Offshore Account of Guatemala Drug ‘Queen’

(Q24N) The Panama Papers data leak exposed an offshore account belonging to a Guatemalan drug trafficker and money launderer, providing intricate details into the shady dealings of Guatemala's prolific narco "queen." A report by Univision highlights the involvement of Marllory Chacón Rossell, often referred to as...

Playas del Coco Residents Fear Insecurity

QCOSTARICA - The murder of Alejo Leiva Lachner at the hands of a mob of at least 20 men, outside a bar in Playas del Coco early Saturday, uncovers fears on insecurity by residents of this tourist beach town, they say has been there...

Costa Rica Weak Against Money Laundering and Terrorism, Report

QCOSTARICA - A real estate broker, construction company, casino, or a lawyer in Costa Rica may be among targets by extremist financial groups, making the country weak, allowing networks to launder money from organized crime. That is the opinion of the Financial Action Task Force...

Costa Rica Violence at All-Time High

  QCOSTARICA (Insightcrime.org) Homicides reached historic levels during the past year in Costa Rica, forcing authorities to look for new ways to counteract the surge in violence. Statistics from Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Department (OIJ) show that 2015 was the country's most violent year on record,...

Costa Rica Is “A Haven For Drug Smugglers”, Says New OIJ Director

QCOSTARICA - The new head of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), Walter Espinoza, says that the country needs a specialized unit to combat organized crime. Espinoza, elected on Monday to lead the country's judicial police force (akin to the FBI), says one of his...

Violence Seizes City of Limon

(QCOSTARICA) There men were killed Thursday in the centre of Limon, in less than four hours in two separate incidents. The first murder occurred at 9:30am in La Colina, when several individuals travelling in a vehicle intercepted another vehicle with two individuals and fired on...

El Indio Replacement In Hiding Following Assassination Attempt

QCOSTARICA - Pamela Crespi, 29, one of three persons accused of being part of El Indio's gang of drug traffickers and car thieves centered in the southern metropolitan area, but who was declared innocent during the trial, was shot three times Sunday morning. She was...

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