28 Nov 2016

Wave of Mexico Violence Reveals Hidden Graves, Severed Heads

“Soldiers and police fanned out Friday across the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, chasing a wounded gang leader and trying to quell a wave of violence that included the discovery of hidden graves holding dozens of bodies and a camp where gunmen stored the severed heads of nine rivals in

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22 Nov 2016

Nine men found decapitated in Mexico state plagued by brutal cartel slayings

“The decapitated bodies and heads of nine men have been found dumped on a roadside in the Mexican state of Guerrero, prosecutors said, bringing the number of bodies found over the weekend in the state to 14.” Source: Nine men found decapitated in Mexico state plagued by brutal cartel slayings

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21 Nov 2016

Brazil: No evidence Rio police helicopter was shot down

“Brazilian authorities investigating a police helicopter crash in Rio de Janeiro say they have found no evidence so far it was shot down. Four officers died when their helicopter crashed over the notorious City of God favela on Saturday. Gang members were suspected of shooting down the helicopter after gunfire

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18 Nov 2016

Argentina extradites Colombia ‘drug lord’ Lopez Londono to US

“A man suspected of being one of Colombia’s most notorious drug dealers has been extradited from Argentina to the US. Henry de Jesus Lopez Londono, known as Mi Sangre (My Blood), is believed to be the head of the Urabenos gang, which operates in northern Colombia.” Source: Argentina extradites Colombia

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01 Nov 2016

Brazil youth prison riot leaves seven dead

“A riot at a youth prison in north-eastern Brazil has left seven inmates dead, officials say. The victims were between 14 and 18 years old, police said. Six were burned to death.” Source: Brazil youth prison riot leaves seven dead – BBC News

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31 Oct 2016

Rio’s Drug Gangs, Squeezed by Recession, Go on Hijacking Spree

“Brazil’s two-year recession is largely driving this phenomenon. The city’s organized crime rings have been diversifying from drug trafficking and extortion into truck heists, according to Robert Muggah, research director for Instituto Igarape, a think tank in Rio. Why? In part because they can easily sell their purloined goods to

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28 Oct 2016

Philippine mayor, 9 bodyguards killed in police shoot-out

“A Philippine mayor accused of drug trafficking was killed along with nine bodyguards in a shoot-out with police Friday (Oct 28), authorities said, hours after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to intensify his crackdown on crime.” Source: Philippine mayor, 9 bodyguards killed in police shoot-out – Channel NewsAsia

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25 Oct 2016

Guerrero: Shootout Between Community Police Groups Leaves 5 Dead

“Five members of the Citizen Security and Justice System (SSyJC) of the Union of Peoples and Organizations of the State of Guerrero (UPOEG) were killed, three more were wounded and one was reported as missing after a shootout ‘clash’ with members of the United Front for the Security and Development

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24 Oct 2016

Haiti jailbreak: At least 150 inmates still on the run

“At least 150 inmates are still on the run after a mass prison breakout in Haiti on Saturday, from Arcahaie jail 45km (30 miles) north of the capital Port-au-Prince. Two guards and three inmates died during the jailbreak. Some 170 inmates escaped. Security forces say they have recaptured 10 prisoners

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24 Oct 2016

Afghanistan’s Opium Cultivation Jumps 10 Percent In 2016

“Share Print Afghanistan’s cultivation of opium poppy has risen by 10 percent in 2016, according to a new report released by the United Nations. According to the key findings of its annual Afghanistan opium survey, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said the total area of land devoted

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