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Clash in El Chapo’s hometown leaves 2 dead in Mexico
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Clash in El Chapo’s hometown leaves 2 dead in Mexico

AFP - December 26, 2015

MEXICO CITY – Mexican forces clashed with suspected organized crime figures in the hometown of fugitive drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, killing two and netting 4.5 tons…

Tales of the disappeared in a Mexico drug state
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Tales of the disappeared in a Mexico drug state

Sofia Miselem | AFP - December 24, 2015

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico – They were doing everyday things when they were kidnapped, never to be seen again: A woman working at her frozen fruit business. Another waiting…

Alleged Mexican drug lord pleads not guilty in US court
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Alleged Mexican drug lord pleads not guilty in US court

Mariano Andrade | AFP - December 18, 2015

NEW YORK – Alleged Mexican drug lord Tirso Martínez Sánchez pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges Friday, one day after he was extradited to face the charges in…

Mexico’s Peña Nieto wants expert debate on marijuana legalization
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Mexico’s Peña Nieto wants expert debate on marijuana legalization

AFP - November 10, 2015

MEXICO CITY – Mexico's president indicated on Monday that his administration could drop its opposition to legalizing marijuana based on results of a debate of experts on the…

Italian mafia ‘interested’ in drug trafficking in Costa Rica, says Interpol
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Italian mafia ‘interested’ in drug trafficking in Costa Rica, says Interpol

Zach Dyer - October 16, 2015

Days after Costa Rican authorities arrested seven suspects in connection to an Italian cocaine-smuggling ring, Interpol says that mafia groups like the 'ndrangheta are looking to enter…

Costa Rica takes down more suspects in cocaine trafficking network run by Italian mafia
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Costa Rica takes down more suspects in cocaine trafficking network run by Italian mafia

Álvaro Sánchez - October 14, 2015

PITAL DE SAN CARLOS, Alajuela – A cassava packing company in the northern Costa Rican community of La Tabla de Pital de San Carlos and a pineapple processor in Chilamate…

Costa Rica’s ‘Macho Coca’: A fishmonger accused of being a drug lord
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Costa Rica’s ‘Macho Coca’: A fishmonger accused of being a drug lord

Lindsay Fendt - October 14, 2015

In the early 1990s Gilbert Bell was known in the Caribbean province of Limón for his successful fishing business. Bell ran a fish dock where boats could…

Mexico missing students case file shows contradictions
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Mexico missing students case file shows contradictions

Laurent Thomet | AFP - October 13, 2015

MEXICO CITY – While Mexican prosecutors declared last year that 43 missing students were incinerated at a landfill, official documents show one gang suspect testified that at least…

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Sting slams ‘epidemic’ of disappearances in Mexico

AFP - October 13, 2015

https://twitter.com/AmnestyOnline/status/653635870499696640 MEXICO CITY – British rock legend Sting urged Mexico's government on Monday to do more to end the "epidemic" of disappearances after meeting with families of some…

Costa Rica takes down suspected drug trafficker ‘Macho Coca,’ on the DEA’s radar for years
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Costa Rica takes down suspected drug trafficker ‘Macho Coca,’ on the DEA’s radar for years

Álvaro Sánchez - October 8, 2015

LIMÓN – The name “Macho Coca” is well-known in Costa Rica’s Caribbean port city of Limón. His real surname is Bell, and for many years locals quietly…

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