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Eco-Trafficking Thrives Along Lawless Guatemala-Belize Border

A poorly defined and lawless border region between Belize and Guatemala is proving to be fertile ground for eco traffickers to further their criminal interests, underscoring how a lack of government control in such areas helps facilitate these crimes.

Illegal Logging in Chihuahua is Now Mexico Cartel Territory

The six bodies, minus their heads, were dumped just before dawn on a morning in late October. They were left in front of a gas station on the outskirts of Creel, in the state of Chihuahua -- each corpse wrapped in a black bin bag and secured with brown tape around the neck, waist and ankles.

Spain Dismantles Cold-Blooded Wildlife Trafficking Ring

Authorities in Spain have dismantled a massive transnational reptile trafficking network, highlighting how the low risks and high rewards of wildlife trafficking fuel the lucrative illicit trade.

Corrupt Police in Paraguay See Opportunity in Illegal Logging

Authorities in Paraguay have arrested more than a dozen police officers for attempting to steal confiscated wood, underscoring the attractiveness of Latin America's illegal logging industry for opportunistic corrupt law enforcement as well as criminal networks.

Bolivia Bust Shows Demand for Wildlife in China

A recent eco-trafficking bust in Bolivia involving Chinese nationals demonstrates how the ongoing trade in exotic animal parts is being fueled by Asian buyers.

Illegal logging causes substantial deforestation in the Amazon

Report Exposes Inner Workings of Timber Trafficking in Peru

A new report into an emblematic case of timber trafficking in Peru highlights the corruption and fraud that continue to sabotage attempts to crack down on a trade that is devastating the Amazon region.

350 tons of octopus have been stolen in Mexico in the last month

Tentacles of Organized Crime in Mexico Extend to Octopus Theft

More than a dozen trailers transporting multi-ton shipments of frozen octopus have been reported stolen in Mexico in the last month, illustrating how crime groups are constantly seeking new revenue streams, even in seemingly unlikely places.

An illegal logger in Peru

US Makes Commercial Move to Reduce Illegal Logging in Peru

The United States has blocked imports from a Peru timber exporter suspected of illegal logging in a move that is the first of its kind. But the impact of the decision on the illicit trade in Peru is likely to be limited due to widespread corruption in the South American country.

A totoaba found in Mexico

How Mexican Crime Groups Profit From Illegal Fish Bladder Trade

A new report has highlighted the need for authorities in Mexico to treat the trafficking of illegal fish bladders as an urgent security issue, assessing the factors fueling the illicit trade and providing recommendations for how authorities could do more to combat the environmentally harmful criminal activity.

Deforestation poses a serious risk in Colombia

Report Links Spike in Colombia Deforestation to FARC Demobilization

A new report says deforestation in Colombia increased considerably in 2016, with over a third of deforestation occurring in FARC concentration zones created as part of the country's historic peace process, raising questions about the environmental impacts of the guerrilla demobilization.

Trump's withdrawal from the Paris deal could hurt security in Latin America

How Trump’s Environmental Policy Undermines LatAm Security

US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a global agreement to fight climate change hinders efforts to tackle environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, which have compounded longstanding problems related to organized crime.

Drug trafficking has been linked to deforestation in Central America

Drug Traffickers Destroying Large Sections of CentAm Forests: Report

A new study estimates that up to 30 percent of all deforestation in three Central American countries is due to cocaine trafficking, providing some much-needed data on the relationship between environmental damage and Latin America's drug trade.