Odd Bedfellows

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Ricardo Swire

The United States Court for the District of Columbia’s February 17, 2017 indictment of Roxana Baldetti, Guatemala’s former Vice-President cited “criminal association and conspiracy to traffic drugs,” charges that showcased the relationship between a power driven politician and the criminal underworld. Continue reading “Odd Bedfellows”

Imperceptible

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Ricardo Swire

Organized crime and drug cartels are cultures widely known for adrenaline rush and machismo. Subtly women are in charge of accounting, major trafficking operations and micro-cartel extensions.

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Conflicting Evidence

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Ricardo Swire

Contrary to predictions of a “majority” shift to Caribbean drug trafficking routes, modern trends reinforce Central America as the main corridor for drug shipments delivered to USA’s 327 land, sea and air points of entry.

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Policing the Police

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Ricardo Swire

The United Nations International Commission against Impunity created the Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG) to conduct a complex exercise reforming the country’s security and judiciary establishments.

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The Ethereal Texis Cartel

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Ricardo Swire

As the War on Drugs reverberates around the region several Mexican drug cartels have expanded their smuggling routes, establishing new markets in Central America.

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Central America turns its back on hundreds of thousands fleeing ‘war-like’ violence

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Governments in Central America are fuelling a deepening refugee crisis by failing to tackle rampant violence and sky-high homicide rates in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras which are forcing hundreds of thousands to flee, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report published.

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