Archive: Mar 2011

Top Guatemalan Drug Trafficker Arrested

GUATEMALA / 31 MAR 2011

A trafficker believed to be a key contact for the Sinaloa Cartel was arrested in Guatemala on Wednesday. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considered Guatemalan Juan Alberto Ortiz Lopez, alias…

Sinaloa Cartel Spells Trouble for Ecuador

ECUADOR / 31 MAR 2011

Ecuador’s capture of nine alleged Sinaloa Cartel operatives, and the brutal murder of a policeman investigating the Mexican criminal group, could be signs of trouble to come in this geographically…

Mistreatment of Migrant in Mexico Caught on Video

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 30 MAR 2011

In an indicator of the difficulties often faced by Central American migrants, three Mexican customs officers were suspended after a video surfaced in which one of them appeared to chase…

NewsBrief: Mexico’s Guns Smuggled From Central America, Says WikiLeaks

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 30 MAR 2011

According to a U.S. State Department cable released by whistleblower site, WikiLeaks, via La Jornada, the most lethal weapons used by the Mexican cartels come from Central American…

What US Aid Means for El Salvador

EL SALVADOR / 30 MAR 2011

During his recent visit to troubled El Salvador, U.S. President Barack Obama announced plans for a $200 million security partnership aimed at reducing crime in Central America. What could…

UN Math on Human Smuggling Not Sound

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 29 MAR 2011

Smuggling migrants into the United States is now more profitable than smuggling drugs, according to a representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The pull of…

Police Announce Record Eco-Trafficking Raid in Mexico

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 29 MAR 2011

Mexico police announced the results of a three-day raid intended to crack down on wildlife trafficking, reports Reuters. In a nation-wide sweep, police recovered 4,725 wild plants or…

Mexico Media Pact Marks PR Battle in Drug War

MEXICO / 29 MAR 2011

After Mexico’s biggest media organizations agreed last week to follow guidelines for reporting on organized crime, InSight explores why the press has become a key battleground for how the country's…

Terrorism and the US-Mexico Border

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 29 MAR 2011

The San Antonio Express News reports that a Somalian, once based in Mexico, is suspected of smuggling members of an East African terrorist cell into the United States,…

Cable Suggests Mexican Army May Have Worked with Juarez Paramilitary Group

JUAREZ CARTEL / 28 MAR 2011

With officials in Ciudad Juarez already under fire from human rights groups for their allegedly heavy-handed tactics, a 2009 diplomatic cable recently released by WikiLeaks offers a potentially incriminating account…

Mafia War Feared in Cali, as Rastrojos Face New Competition

COLOMBIA / 28 MAR 2011

A spike of killings in Cali is raising concern that the city is descending into a new spiral of mafia-related violence. There are signs that the most powerful criminal empire…

Refugee Council USA: Living on the Edge – Colombian Refugees in Panama and Ecuador

ECUADOR / 28 MAR 2011

This report by the Refugee Council USA, a coalition of NGOs, focuses on the situation of the many Colombian refugees in Ecuador and Panama. As part of the research, the council…

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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. …