El Centro

A Redeye Man Portable Air Defense System seized was in the possession of armed personnel belonging to La Linea.

Due in part to the rapid digital penetration of the Internet and social media over the past decade, there are novel ways of tracking cartel and gang activity.

While cartel drones are typically considered a tool for smuggling, they are increasingly seen as having application for other purposes including espionage, surveillance, and as weapons.

Blog post | March 17, 2016 02:27 AM | Comments(1)

SWJ-EL Centro Fellow Nate Jones just published the book Mexico's Illicit Drug Networks and the State Reaction.

Blog post | March 15, 2016 11:05 PM | Comments(1)

“This monograph creates a proposed insurgency typology divided into legacy, contemporary, and emergent and potential insurgency forms, and provides strategic implications.”

Bloodbath on the beaches: The Mexican drug gangs riding on JET SKIS to blast victims ‘James Bond-style’.

To better understand the challenges of securing the border, this article analyzes the Border States environment, the human element, and then look towards the future.

Journal Article | February 6, 2016 04:13 PM | Comments(8)

While it contends with the Islamic State and al-Qaida an insurgency intent on challenging the sovereignty of the U.S. government is already here.

New York Times twofer: The manhunt for El Chapo and why Mexico's mayors are cartel targets.

Transnational criminal enterprises are now forging alliances in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operation with the intention of increasing income, influence, and power.

In summation, this is an excellent work derived from a number of years of intimate interviews and field reports conducted by Grillo.

Journal Article | December 23, 2015 05:24 AM | Comments(3)

The Qods Force is responsible for bolstering Hezbollah over thirty years ago and they have been working together across the globe ever since.

Conference background and topic summary.

Cyber-crime is a criminal activity that is informational, global, and networked. It is the product of networked technologies that have transformed the division of criminal labor.

A Border Patrol agent with alleged ties to a Mexican drug cartel has been arrested in connection with the beheading of a Honduran man in March.

This paper examines two “Tri-Border” areas in Latin America. Criminal demographics and dynamics of illicit markets and related security concerns are reviewed.

Because of their technical features and low profile design characteristics, narco submarines allow drug traffickers to reduce the risk of detection and seizure.

Continue on for information on this CCO event and how to attend or view it online.

The possibility of Mexican drug cartels establishing close ties to Islamic terrorist groups and the transformation of criminal organizations into terrorist groups, and vice versa.

Journal Article | October 1, 2015 01:45 AM | Comments(4)

Written and directed by Matthew Heineman, “Cartel Land”, also available in Spanish as “Tierra de carteles,” is a timely and graphic documentary.

"A sophisticated farm-to-arm supply chain is fueling America’s surging heroin appetite, causing heroin to surpass cocaine and meth to become the nation’s No. 1 drug threat."

Blog post | September 16, 2015 10:08 AM | Comments(2)

Millions of Central Americans live outside their countries, with 80 percent living in the US, according to research into the connections between food insecurity, violence, and migration.

This SWJ report assesses the nature of U.S. assistance to the Mexican government's recent efforts to combat organized crime.

The rise of vigilante citizen militias in the western Mexican state of Michoacán has been a key component in the narrative of the government’s failure to secure its citizenry.

There is no one panacea to counter the violence and instability in Jalisco, and it will take time for the Operation to make an impact.