"In a column for El Faro, drug expert Juan Carlos Garzon looks at the criminal landscape in El Salvador. He argues that despite recent reports of mara violence and potential collusion between maras and larger drug trafficking organizations, its significance as a transit country is far less than that of Honduras or Guatemala. Instead, the country’s real contribution to transnational crime is in its weak anti-money laundering enforcement, which some officials say make it 'the bank of drug trafficking' in the region."


The March 20, 2014 edition of The Pan-American Post's daily news briefing references an article in El Faro by Latin American Program Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzon, entitled "Maras y narcotrafico." The article discusses the criminal landscape in El Salvador and the nexus between Salvadoran gangs and drug trafficking. 


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To read the article, click here. This article is in Spanish.