The Gangster Governor of Zulia: The Rise and Fall of Venezuela’s Omar Prieto

INVESTIGATIONS / 20 SEP 2023

The blood streamed down Eduardo Labrador’s face and splattered across his shirt. “Film me! Film me!” he shouted at the journalist who had come to check on him. As he addressed…

Escobar’s Former Hitman Takes the Road to 'Total Peace' in Medellín, Colombia

INVESTIGATIONS / 13 SEP 2023

Pablo Escobar's former hitman, Henry Holguín, explains how he exchanged killing for peacebuilding ahead of Colombia's Total Peace talks.

NEWS

El Salvador Police Reports Contradict Bukele's Triumphalism

BARRIO 18 / 22 SEP 2023

Confidential police reports reveal that the three main gangs operating in El Salvador remain a real threat.

NEWS

How El Salvador’s Police Creates, Uses Its Gang Database

BARRIO 18 / 22 SEP 2023

A close look at El Salvador's Police Information System, which is used to collect and analyze information on criminals in the country.

NEWS

Venezuelan Military ‘Invades’ Notorious Prison

PRISONS / 20 SEP 2023

In a clear show of force, the Venezuelan state launched an unprecedented operation, surrounding the Tocorón prison in Aragua.

NEWS

Grenades Becoming Trademark of Venezuelan Extortion Gangs in Peru

PERU / 19 SEP 2023

Venezuelan extortion gangs have made grenades a common part of their modus operandi to force victims to pay up. Now, the tactic has come to Peru.

NEWS

An Extradition (and a Fentanyl Prohibition) as Mexico Tries a Counterdrug Reset

CHAPITOS / 18 SEP 2023

In Mexico, criminal groups have prohibited fentanyl production, and the state extradited a top trafficker. Could this mean new US-Mexico counternarcotic relations?…

NEWS

Venezuela Could Be Supplying Colombia’s Cocaine Labs With Scarce Precursor

VENEZUELA / 15 SEP 2023

Venezuela produces industrial quantities of urea, tons of which are stolen and smuggled into Colombia to feed cocaine labs.

NEWS

Why Chinese Mafias Are Moving Into Chile

CHINA AND CRIME / 14 SEP 2023

A Chinese crime group, the Bang, has made major inroads into Chile, setting up a marijuana empire and smuggling in migrants to work there.

NEWS

The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Colombia's Ambitious New Drug Policy

COLOMBIA / 12 SEP 2023

President Gustavo Petro is seeking a radical shift in the way Colombia fights cocaine trafficking. But he may quickly run out of time.

NEWS

Honduras’ Stalled AG Election Shows Political Obstacles to Fighting Crime

HONDURAS / 11 SEP 2023

Deadlock over attorney general selection in Honduras underscores the political obstacles to the country's justice system.

NEWS

Guatemala Ex-President Pleads Guilty in Graft Case Amid Shifting Corruption Climate 

GUATEMALA / 8 SEP 2023

Former Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina's guilty plea could be an attempt to avoid Arévalo's incoming anti-impunity push.

Featured Reporting and Analysis

Human trafficking is one of the most complex and misunderstood criminal economies in the world. This is especially true along the US-Mexico border.

HUMAN RIGHTS / 30 AUG 2023

The state of Ecuador’s security institutions and their inability to halt runaway criminal violence has been a central theme of the country’s ongoing presidential campaign. But facing underfunding and corruption,…

ECUADOR / 5 SEP 2023

Pablo Escobar's former hitman, Henry Holguín, explains how he exchanged killing for peacebuilding ahead of Colombia's Total Peace talks.

COLOMBIA / 13 SEP 2023

In Tijuana, local pimps often form part of small, family-based human trafficking networks, which can also work with organized crime groups.

HUMAN RIGHTS / 30 AUG 2023

The PNFAS has been the scene of two massacres. For years, the tension between Barrio 18 and MS13 escalated.

BARRIO 18 / 16 AUG 2023

Human trafficking is prevalent and pervasive in Ciudad Juárez, and relies on either direct state participation, malpractice, or indifference.

HUMAN RIGHTS / 30 AUG 2023

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InSight Crime Contributes Expertise Across the Board 

22 SEP 2023

This week InSight Crime investigators Sara García and María Fernanda Ramírez led a discussion of the challenges posed by Colombian President Gustavo Petro’s “Total Peace” plan within urban contexts. The…

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InSight Crime Cited in New Colombia Drug Policy Plan

15 SEP 2023

InSight Crime’s work on emerging coca cultivation in Honduras, Guatemala, and Venezuela was cited in the Colombian government’s…

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InSight Crime Discusses Honduran Women's Prison Investigation

8 SEP 2023

Investigators Victoria Dittmar and María Fernanda Ramírez discussed InSight Crime’s recent investigation of a massacre in Honduras’ only women’s prison in a Twitter Spaces event on…

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Human Trafficking Investigation Published in Leading Mexican Newspaper

1 SEP 2023

Leading Mexican media outlet El Universal featured our most recent investigation, “The Geography of Human Trafficking on the US-Mexico Border,” on the front page of its August 30…

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InSight Crime's Coverage of Ecuador Leads International Debate

25 AUG 2023

This week, Jeremy McDermott, co-director of InSight Crime, was interviewed by La Sexta, a Spanish television channel, about the situation of extreme violence and insecurity in Ecuador…