23 May 2017

Germany cracks Europe-wide burglary gang of 500 members

“Munich police say they have broken up a huge burglary clan which they estimate may have been responsible for a fifth of German break-ins. The criminal gang was compared by police to an octopus with tentacles across Europe and its members were related by blood or marriage.” Source: Germany cracks

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18 May 2017

Italian Police Bust Mafia Ring In Large Refugee Center

“Europe’s largest migrant center is in southern Italy. For thousands of people fleeing war, it is their first stop after a harrowing journey by sea across the Mediterranean. Now investigators say the center has been run by the mafia for a decade.” Source: Italian Police Bust Mafia Ring In Large

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17 May 2017

DR Congo jail-break: Bundu dia Kongo leader flees Kinshasa prison

“Gunmen from a Christian sect have stormed a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, freeing their leader and about 50 other inmates, a government spokesman says.” Source: DR Congo jail-break: Bundu dia Kongo leader flees Kinshasa prison – BBC News

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16 May 2017

Gunmen Kill Prominent Mexican Journalist Who Covered Drug Cartels

“A veteran journalist who had chronicled the bloody conflicts among rival drug cartels in his home state, Sinaloa, and the culture of violence they inflicted on the broader society, was killed by gunmen on Monday near the newspaper that he had co-founded, the authorities said.” Source: Gunmen Kill Prominent Mexican

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16 May 2017

Boss of Northwest Colombia Drug Gang Nabbed

“Colombian authorities in the northwestern province of Antioquia captured eight members of the Gulf Clan drug gang, including one of the highest ranking members of that criminal organization, the Colombian Defense Ministry announced on Monday.” Source: Latin American Herald Tribune – Boss of Northwest Colombia Drug Gang Nabbed

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12 May 2017

Arms Caches in Venezuela Pose Threat, CIA Chief Says

“Venezuela has large caches of weapons that are at risk of falling into the wrong hands, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency told a Senate panel Thursday, adding, ‘It’s a real threat.’” Source: Arms Caches in Venezuela Pose Threat, CIA Chief Says

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12 May 2017

Feds carry out largest-ever national gang raid

“Federal agents arrested nearly 1,400 gang members in a six-week national sting, making it the largest-ever gang bust the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations branch has conducted.” Source: Feds carry out largest-ever national gang raid

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11 May 2017

Huge Ecuador Cocaine Seizures Signal Growing Role in Drug Trade

“Ecuador seized over three metric tons of cocaine in less than a week, a large haul that signals the country’s growing role in the transnational drug trade as well as the possibility that increasing drug flows through the country could lead to security challenges.” Source: Huge Ecuador Cocaine Seizures Signal

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09 May 2017

Mexico army fights surge in violence for control of poppy country

“The Mexican army says its fight against surging opium production that feeds U.S demand is increasingly complicated by the rise of smaller gangs disputing wild, ungoverned lands planted with ever-stronger poppy strains.” Source: Mexico army fights surge in violence for control of poppy country | Reuters

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09 May 2017

Mexico was second deadliest country in 2016

“It was the second deadliest conflict in the world last year, but it hardly registered in the international headlines. As Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan dominated the news agenda, Mexico’s drug wars claimed 23,000 lives during 2016 — second only to Syria, where 50,000 people died as a result of the

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