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In the law ā€“ as in technology and other areas ā€“ such weaknesses often fuel calls for more power, such as property seizure, conspiracy and racketeering authorities, as used in the U.S. against the mafia. But without a better foundation of information, strategy, and coordination, such laws will be limited and ultimately counter-productive. Such calls also reflect a common paradox in Latin American police reform: both success and failure in battling crime lead to demands for stronger and more policing. Policymakersā€™ continuing ability to ignore such a contradiction is emblematic of their inability to embrace the true complexity of transnational crime policing.

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