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Mara Salvatrucha: The New Face of Organized Crime?

Fred Burton
Chief Security Officer, Stratfor
Mar 30, 2006 | 04:32 GMT
The leader of a Mara Salvatrucha gang is arrested in Guatemala City, 14 March, 2006.

The leader of a Mara Salvatrucha gang is arrested in Guatemala City, 14 March, 2006. Organized gangs are responsible for most of the serious crime committed in Guatemala.

(ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

The face of organized crime in the United States is indeed changing, but what is occurring now with the Mara Salvatrucha is not a new phenomenon but rather part of an identifiable cycle in the realm of criminal groups. ...

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