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Las pandillas y los cárteles de droga cometen gran parte de la violencia en Belice, El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras. Las armas de fuego que usan son en su mayoría de otros países, incluido EE. UU.
Para la versión de esta página en español, ver a GAO-22-105509.
Gangs and drug cartels commit much of the violence in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The guns they use are mostly from other countries, including the U.S.
Some criminal groups use a process called trade-based money laundering to hide their illicit funds. These schemes can include things like falsely describing goods and services in trade transactions.
Schemes can involve many types of illicit activity that cut across multiple federal agencies' roles.
In 2018, substances related to fentanyl—a very potent synthetic opioid—were temporarily classified as "Schedule I." This designated them as illicit drugs with high abuse potential and no medical use.
This classification has likely affected research, law enforcement, and more.
An executive order directed the Department of Homeland Security to plan, design, and construct additional barriers along the southwest border in Jan. 2017. Private landowners own a portion of the land that the government needs to construct the barriers.
Many federal agencies have specialized law enforcement teams trained and equipped for critical incidents such as hostage rescue. This report describes these federal tactical teams, including their deployments and equipment.