Archive: Jan 2011

Mexico Applications for Gun Permits Up 40%

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 31 JAN 2011

El Diario de Juarez reports that Mexicans are applying in greater numbers for legal gun permits. Applications have increased by more than 40 percent since 2007, the military…

Bolivian Official: Up to 20 Percent of ‘Legal’ Coca Goes to Cocaine

BOLIVIA / 31 JAN 2011

In what is sure to fuel more debate on whether coca should be taken from the list of United Nations' banned substances, the Bolivian government announced that only 10 to…

Video Shows FARC’s Homemade, Deadly Mortars

COLOMBIA / 31 JAN 2011

A video shows Colombian guerrillas testing a homemade bazooka, using 80mm mortar rounds, providing visual evidence of the rebels' capacity to produce cheap and deadly weapons, which could be used…

‘Potapult’ Video from Mexico

US/MEXICO BORDER / 31 JAN 2011

In the most curious story of the weekend, authorities in Mexico, acting on a tip, seized a catapult and 45 pounds of marijuana that smugglers wanted to launch…

Guatemala Arrests Pseudoephedrine Smugglers

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 30 JAN 2011

Guatemalan authorities detained two men (one of whom is shown in the photo) who they said were trafficking pseudoephedrine for the Familia Michoacana, El Milenio newspaper reported.

The Battle for Mexico City’s Corners Heats Up

MEXICO / 29 JAN 2011

There are trends that InSight Crime is tracking regionwide, one of which is the increasing fragmentation of the large drug trafficking groups and the resulting battle "for the corner" that…

Police Force Quits After Bodies Found Decapitated

GULF CARTEL / 28 JAN 2011

38 Mexican police officers in the small town of General Teran, in Nuevo Leon, abandoned their posts after a series of attacks from drug cartels culminated in the beheading of…

Colom: Central American Nations to Join Forces Against Zetas

GUATEMALA / 28 JAN 2011

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will create a special task force charged with confronting the Zetas, said President Alvaro Colom, as the Guatemalan security forces captured 20 people allegedly working…

Cop Arrested For Smuggling 103 Kilos of Cocaine

COLOMBIA / 27 JAN 2011

A high-ranking police commander in Colombia was arrested Thursday with over 100 kilos of cocaine hidden in his car. Police corruption has a long and troubled history in Colombia, but…

Colombia and Venezuela: A Shift in Security Cooperation?

COLOMBIA / 27 JAN 2011

Venezuela and Colombia are seeking to increase security cooperation, which could have profound consequences for organized crime in the Andes.

U.S. Breaks up Arms Smuggling Ring in Arizona

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 27 JAN 2011

The United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) arrested 20 suspects on Tuesday in an operation the bureau said disrupted a gun trafficking ring responsible for sending hundreds…

Police: BACRIMs Main Threat to Colombian Security

COLOMBIA / 26 JAN 2011

The head of the Colombian National Police, General Oscar Naranjo, declared this week that the biggest threat to national security is now the activities of what the government…

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12 FEB 2021

InSight Crime is looking for a full-time strategic communications manager. This person needs to be able to work in a fast-paced world of daily news, high-profile investigations, national and international…

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InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …