The Roots of Environmental Crime in the Colombian Amazon

INVESTIGATIONS / 1 SEP 2021

The Amazon Basin is being ravaged at an accelerating rate by organized criminal groups and "legal" enterprises alike, as deforestation soars and biodiversity suffers. Illegal mining, logging, wildlife trafficking, land…

NEWS

South Korea Becomes Transit Point for Mexican Methamphetamine

COCAINE / 16 SEP 2021

South Korean authorities have arrested a drug trafficker suspected of importing up to a ton of methamphetamine from Mexico for re-export to Australia, displaying how Mexican synthetic drugs continue to…

NEWS

Memo Fantasma Properties in Colombia Used to Compensate Victims of Violence

AUC / 15 SEP 2021

Dozens of properties and other assets seized from Memo Fantasma, one of Colombia’s foremost drug traffickers, will be used to provide support for those who have suffered from violence in…

NEWS

South Africa Raises Profile as Cocaine Trafficking Hub

BRAZIL / 14 SEP 2021

South Africa has made a rapid succession of large cocaine seizures in recent months, illuminating how the country and region now play a significant role as transit points for Latin…

NEWS

Is Dominican Republic Making Gains in Anti-Corruption Fight?

CARIBBEAN / 13 SEP 2021

The dismantling of a drug trafficking and money laundering network implicating government officials in the Dominican Republic has presented a serious challenge to President Luis Abinader’s anti-corruption drive.

NEWS

Costa Rica Struggles to Profit from Sale of Narco-Assets

COSTA RICA / 13 SEP 2021

In Costa Rica, the seizure of narco-assets presents more of an obstacle than a gift to authorities.

NEWS

Monos Leader Continues to Call the Shots from Behind Bars

ARGENTINA / 10 SEP 2021

Violence is rocking Argentina’s port city of Rosario just as the leaders of its biggest gang, the Monos, are on trial for allegedly orchestrating a series of attacks against the…

NEWS

Haiti’s Neighbors Grow Concerned at Spread of Gang Governance

G9 / 10 SEP 2021

International efforts to help Haiti since the devastating August 14 earthquake continue to be hampered by gang violence, with reports now emerging that ships carrying emergency aid from Mexico were…

NEWS

Panama Unveils Extent of Official Participation in Drug Trafficking

BAGDAD / 9 SEP 2021

As Panama struggles to contain an ever-growing flow of cocaine, a recent operation has revealed the extent to which officials are involved in facilitating the drug trade.

NEWS

Modifying Planes to Carry Drugs - Another Criminal Speciality in Colombia

COCAINE / 9 SEP 2021

A gang, which modified aircraft to be able to carry cocaine from Colombia to the United States and Mexico, has provided another example of how specific aspects of the drug…

NEWS

As Marijuana Profits Dry Up, Mexico Crime Groups Turn to Alcohol and Logging

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 8 SEP 2021

Mexico remains the main international provider of marijuana for the United States, but this has greatly diminished since 2013, forcing certain criminal groups to adapt and look for other funds.

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Emerging from almost six decades of civil conflict, the world’s number one cocaine producer has paid scant attention to environmental crime.

COCA / 1 SEP 2021

Mexico's process of criminal fragmentation has been a slow burn. Many of the country's mightiest criminal groups have been unable to stay united, either due to internal strife, incursions from…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 12 AUG 2021

While not as lucrative as illegal mining, wildlife trafficking is still a multimillion-dollar business.

COLOMBIA / 15 SEP 2021

Seizures of coltan in Colombia have shown the complex networks used by armed groups to smuggle the valuable mineral from illegal mines across the border in Venezuela.

COLOMBIA / 18 AUG 2021

Deforestation is the most visible face of environmental crime in Colombia’s Amazon.

COCA / 1 SEP 2021

As gold prices have skyrocketed, criminal groups once solely dedicated to the trafficking of drugs and arms have moved into illegal mining.

AUC / 8 SEP 2021

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G9 and Family

CARIBBEAN / 8 JUL 2021

The “G9 and family and allies” (“G9 en fanmi e alyi” – G9) is a criminal federation of nine of the strongest gangs in Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince. Founded in…

Bagdad

PANAMA / 4 MAY 2021

Bagdad, along with its rival Calor Calor, is one of Panama’s two main gang federations, consisting of 30-40 smaller gangs that work together to fulfill drug transportation for transnational organized…

Monos

ARGENTINA / 1 AUG 2019

The criminal group known as the Monos, led by members of the Cantero family, has been operating for more than 20 years in the Argentine city of Rosario. Their sophisticated…

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Unraveling the Web of Elites Connected to Organized Crime

27 JUL 2021

InSight Crime published Elites and Organized Crime in Nicaragua, a deep dive into the relationships between criminal actors and elites in that Central American nation.

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InSight Crime’s Greater Focus on US-Mexico Border

20 JUL 2021

InSight Crime has decided to turn many of its investigative resources towards understanding and chronicling the criminal dynamics along the US-Mexico border.

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Key Arrests and Police Budget Increases Due to InSight Crime Investigations

8 JUL 2021

With Memo Fantasma’s arrest, InSight Crime has proven that our investigations can and will uncover major criminal threats in the Americas.

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Organized Crime’s Influence on Gender-Based Violence

30 JUN 2021

InSight Crime investigator Laura N. Ávila spoke on organized crime and gender-based violence at the launch of a research project by the United Nations Development Programme.

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Conversation with Paraguay Judicial Operators on PCC

24 JUN 2021

InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley formed part of a panel attended by over 500 students, all of whom work in Paraguay's judicial system.