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Costa Rican police arrest U.S. men suspected in $9 million scam

The OIJ reported that U.S. officials filed extradition requests for all the suspects in order to take them to North Carolina.

Government announces increased security measures to curb recent crime wave

President Luis Guillermo Solís said he is outraged by a shooting at the entrance of a school that left two people dead and a six-year-old wounded.

Mafia profits tempt Colombia’s Marxist rebels as peace nears

FARC leaders negotiating in Havana have vowed to enter politics if a peace deal is signed. But as many as 20 percent of their subordinates could join criminal gangs and continue lucrative cocaine and illegal gold mining operations, according to the Washington Office on Latin America.

Costa Rica prosecutors charge 5 members of alleged organ trafficking ring

Costa Rica’s Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday that five people will go on trial for allegedly extracting and selling kidneys to buyers in Israel.

Costa Rica homicide rate hits record high

After several years of decreasing or stable homicide rates, the number of killings in Costa Rica spiked in 2015, leading law enforcement officials to call for more aggressive prevention, investigation and prosecution of organized crime.

Organized crime prosecutor named new director of Costa Rica’s investigative police

Walter Espinoza, a 47-year-old prosecutor, steps into the position as OIJ chief at a time when Costa Rica struggles with killings tied to organized crime.

Costa Rica authorities smash local organized crime ring involved in drug trafficking, homicides

Costa Rica authorities conducted 29 raids Tuesday in multiple locations throughout the Central Valley targeting a large organized criminal network directed from La Reforma Prison, outside the Costa Rican capital.

Costa Rica’s Solís authorizes strategy to fight money laundering, terrorism financing

“I want to once more ratify Costa Rica’s opinion in the sense that those ills — organized crime, terrorism — must be fought off in all ways possible by the international community,” the president said.

Organized crime and local power struggles blamed in murder of three Guatemalan journalists

Two journalists were murdered in the city of Mazatenango on March 10 and a third on March 13 in the nearby town of Chicacao. Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio López said Monday that the recent crimes could be related to a drug trafficking ring that operates in the area.

Two reporters shot dead, third injured in Guatemala

One of the reporters killed, Danilo López, had been receiving threats after he reported on corruption in the area. Authorities were searching the homes of two mayors and one former mayor as part of the investigation.

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