Cases of Money Laundering in Guatemala

In a single case investigated by Guatemalan security services, $46.7 Million of Sinaloa drug cartel money was seized and 21 people arrested in December for money laundering violations in Guatemala. A fruit and vegetable was serving as a front company that was sending money to Mexico along with payments of avocados. Criminal justice programs in… Continue reading Cases of Money Laundering in Guatemala

Fuel Costs in Guatemala on the Black Market

According to the Guatemalan Association of Fuel Retailers, between 300,000 and 350,000 gallons fuel is smuggled into Guatemala from Mexico each day. Based on the current price of $4.20 per gallon, the illegal fuel is worth $1.2 to $1.3 Million per day. Criminal justice officials in Guatemala report that organized crime groups smuggle the fuel… Continue reading Fuel Costs in Guatemala on the Black Market

Earnings for Drug Smugglers in Guatemala

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated that over 200 tons of cocaine is transported across Central America. Grown in the South, the cocaine moves north through Guatemala on its way to markets in the United States and Europe. The value of the cocaine that is passed through Guatemala is estimated to be… Continue reading Earnings for Drug Smugglers in Guatemala

Extortion in a Guatemalan Prison

In court testimony, a extortionist working in a Guatemalan prison explained the process of how he joined an extortion network that was operating within the Guatemalan criminal justice system. During his testimony, the extortionist stated that on a bad week, he would make at least $6,000,and was able to get a single victim to pay… Continue reading Extortion in a Guatemalan Prison

Guatemalan Children Kidnapped For Illegal Adoptions

In the first seven months of 2013, criminal justice programs in Guatemala reported that 22 children were kidnapped or stolen in the country. The children are reportedly taken for the purpose of illegal adoptions and organ trafficking. Hospital workers such as doctors and midwives are reportedly involved in the black market trade and assist the… Continue reading Guatemalan Children Kidnapped For Illegal Adoptions

Effects of Organized Crime to Central America’s Economy

A study conducted by the World Bank found that the economic costs to the Central America region due to organized crime violence is $6.5 Billion per year. The costs associated with the violence decreases the region’s GDP by 7.7 percent. The impact of organized crime and drug trafficking violence on the countries GDP is as… Continue reading Effects of Organized Crime to Central America’s Economy

Drug Trafficking Organizations in Guatemala

The Interior Ministry of Guatemala released the results of an investigation into drug trafficking organizations within the country. According to the report, authorities identified over 54 drug trafficking groups operating in Guatemala as of June 2013. In addition to the drug traffickers, security officials identified 40 cells of the organized crime gang Barrio-18 and 30… Continue reading Drug Trafficking Organizations in Guatemala

Guns in Mexico and Central America

A report released by the Collective Security Analysis for Democracy stated that there were 2.8 million unregistered firearms in Central America, and an additional 15 million unregistered guns in Mexico. According to the study, the majority of these guns are used by organized crime gangs and drug trafficking cartels to carry out their illicit activities.… Continue reading Guns in Mexico and Central America

Arrests in the Rio Grande Valley

Criminal justice agencies on the US-Mexico border have seen arrests for human smuggling in the Rio Grande Valley increase by 65 percent as more people attempt to enter the US. In March 2013, US Border Patrol agents arrested 16,000 people who were attempting to enter the country. Between October 2012 to March 2013, authorities found… Continue reading Arrests in the Rio Grande Valley