A report released Tuesday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics sums up data provided by attorneys general in 43 states, Washington D.C. and three territories on enforcement of their human trafficking laws in 2018, the last year for which data is available.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, the infamous drug lord known as “El Chapo,” was arrested this week at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia on charges related to her alleged involvement in international drug trafficking and her husband’s dramatic prison escapes.
The Department of Homeland Security has seized more than 11 million counterfeit N95 masks from five states, with authorities saying that suspected victims of this scam include hospitals and medical facilities in at least 12 states. An initial criminal investigation revealed China to be the source of the fake masks purportedly made by U.S. manufacturer 3M.
A forthcoming paper in the Virginia Journal of International Law argues that even individuals convicted of the most “heinous” crimes are covered by international conventions guaranteeing adequate medical care and nondiscriminatory treatment as they grow older.
The presence of white power militants at the storming of the U.S. Capitol this month is the latest sign of how a violent fringe group committed to race war is exploiting the nation’s polarized politics, according to a University of Chicago analyst of paramilitary groups.
While the attention of organized crime specialists and the international media has focused on the notorious drug cartels of Mexico and Colombia, Brazil’s little-known Primeiro Comando da Capital is emerging as the Western hemisphere’s most potent crime threat. A new report calls the trafficking group South America’s “most powerful prison gang” ― and warns its operations are quietly expanding.
Conceding that American counter-narcotics policies have at times caused “considerable harm” in many countries, a bipartisan commission on drug policy in the Western Hemisphere said Washington should address the domestic demand that has driven the illicit narcotics trade, even as it continues the fight against transnational cartels.
Victims of a former Colombian right-wing militia commander are demanding his return after he finished a 12-year drug sentence in the U.S. For the moment, though, the U.S. intends to send him to Italy instead.
The strain on resources caused by the coronavirus and U.S. pressure to curb border-crossers are among the reasons why Mexico’s war against narcoviolence has made little headway. A new report issued by the International Crisis Group says massive corruption continues to allow the cartels to thrive.
Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro was charged in the U.S. on Thursday with federal drug trafficking crimes after an investigation by federal authorities in Washington, New York and Florida. Charges were also filed against Venezuela’s chief justice, defense minister, intelligence officials and the members of FARC, the largest rebel group in Colombia.