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Supporting government and private entities in understanding, anticipating and responding to strategic threats from transnational criminal and terrorist networks in the Western Hemisphere.

IBI Consultants has decades of experience conducting investigations, training, and research in Central and South America. Using a cutting-edge research paradigm that merges granular field research with advanced open source data mining and link analysis technology, IBI can successfully identify and map transnational criminal networks and potential terrorist threats.

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U.S. Government & Corporate Clients

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Recent Media & Publications

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Brittney Griner for the Merchant of Death

August 9, 2022 - Podcast published by Vox

Douglas Farah on the Vox “Today Explained” podcast discussing Viktor Bout and possible trade for Brittany Griner. Topics include Brittney Griner, Merchant of Death, prisoner exchange, Russia, and Viktor Bout.

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Is It Time to Free the “Merchant of Death”?

August 3, 2022 - Podcast published by Slate

Douglas Farah discusses notorious Russian arms dealer, Viktor Bout, with Slate's Mary Harris, arguing for his release from U.S. prison in exchange for WMBA star, Brittney Griner, who is currently imprisoned in Russia. Topics include Brittney Griner, Merchant of Death, prisoner exchange, Russia, and Viktor Bout.

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Take the Deal: Brittney Griner in Exchange for the ‘Merchant of Death’

July 8, 2022 - Op-Ed published by Politico

Douglas Farah on Russia's request for the release of imprisoned arms dealer and enabler of worldwide atrocities, Victor Bout, in exchange for the release to the U.S. of imprisoned WMBA star, Brittney Griner,. Topics include Brittney Griner, Merchant of Death, prisoner exchange, Russia, and Viktor Bout.

Recent Accomplishments

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Provided research that helped support the designation of corrupt actors

Support of USG inter-agency partners in mapping corruption structures tied to transnational organized crime in the Northern Triangle as part of the Biden Administration’s Central America anti-corruption policy.

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Uncovered illicit gold flows from the Maduro regime to the Arabian Peninsula

IBI field research uncovered illicit gold flows from the Maduro regime and other criminal actors from northern South America to the Arabian Peninsula, leading to USG enforcement action shutting down a fictitious gold export business moving tons of gold per year.

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Identified a money laundering hub in Nicaragua leading to sanctions and closures

IBI identified Banco Corporativo and associated entities in Nicaragua as a primary money laundering hub for the Ortega and the Maduro regimes and mapped its transnational operations. The investigation was crucial to the Treasury Department and the State Department initiating investigations that led to formally sanctioning the bank and the bank closing.

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