Crimes Along the San Diego – Mexico Border

In a report released by the Attorney General of the US State of California, researchers stated that organized crime groups were committing money laundering, cyber crimes, human trafficking, and drugs and arms trafficking through the border between San Diego and Mexico. According to the report, approximately 70 percent of all the methamphetamine that is shipped… Continue reading Crimes Along the San Diego – Mexico Border

Knights Templar Revenue from Illegal Mining

Security services in Mexico state that the organized crime group Knights Templar have made millions of dollars in the state of Michoacan by extorting local mines. The group, which primarily makes its money from drug trafficking, forces local mine operators to pay between $4 to $7 per tonne of minerals that is extracted in the… Continue reading Knights Templar Revenue from Illegal Mining

Number of Marine Turtles Caught Each Year

Over 42,000 marine turtles are estimated to be legally caught each year around the world. Nearly three quarters of those turtles are caught in the waters of Papua New Guinea, Nicaragua, and Australia, according to a study conducted by wildlife charity Blue Ventures Conservations and the Univetsity of Exeter. 80 percent of the turtles that… Continue reading Number of Marine Turtles Caught Each Year

2013 Fuel Theft Incidents at Pemex

According to data released by Mexican state owned oil company Pemex, 2,614 illegal fuel siphons were discovered on their pipes in 2013. The theft from their pipes lead to losses of gasoline, oil, natural gas and petrochemicals. Back in 2000, the oil company discovered 155 illegal fuel siphons, which means that the rate of fuel… Continue reading 2013 Fuel Theft Incidents at Pemex

Top Money Laundering Countries in Latin America

A study conducted by the Mexican House of Representatives reported on the top countries in Latin American where money laundering cases occurs. The countries and the amount of money laundered is as follows: Brazil: $2.9 Trillion (5 percent of GDP). Mexico: $1.1 Trillion (3.6 percent of GDP). Chile: $268.27 Billion (4 percent of GDP). Peru:… Continue reading Top Money Laundering Countries in Latin America

Human Smuggling Deaths and Revenue in 2013

According to statistics collected by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,360 migrants died while attempting to cross borders around the world in 2013. For sea-based crossing by boats, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, and the waters surrounding Indonesia and Thailand saw a number of deaths of migrants attempting to cross… Continue reading Human Smuggling Deaths and Revenue in 2013

Children Crossing the US-Mexico Border Illegally

According to US Government statistics, there were an average of 6,000 to 7,000 minors who were apprehended crossing the United States and Mexico border unaccompanied by an adult between 2008 and 2011. These unaccompanied minors would be placed in custody with the Office of Refugee Resettlement. In 2012, the number of unaccompanied children who were… Continue reading Children Crossing the US-Mexico Border Illegally

Top Kidnap for Ransom Countries in 2013

Risk consultancy firmĀ  Control Risks released their Risk Map 2014, which highlights the areas of potential threats in 2014. In the report, the company highlighted the countries in 2013 that had the most incidents of kidnapping for ransom during the year. The top 5 countries where kidnapping for ransom took place are as follows: 1.… Continue reading Top Kidnap for Ransom Countries in 2013

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 Knights Templar From Black Market Activities

In 2013, it was reported that the Mexican drug cartel Knights Templar was earning over $6 Million a month in various black market activities. Based on intelligence agencies estimates, media organizations in Mexico stated that the cartel was earning $2.2 Million each month transporting illegal drugs. $1 Million was collected each month through extortion threats… Continue reading Earnings For Knights Templar From Black Market Activities