Archive: Apr 2011

Mexico Passes Money Laundering Law

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 29 APR 2011

On April 29 the Mexican Senate approved an anti-money laundering bill, reports OEM. The law will set penalties of up to 16 years for people and organizations that…

Bolivia Reports Flood of Peruvian Coca Base

BOLIVIA / 29 APR 2011

Bolivia's vice minister of social defense, Felipe Caceres, said that 56% of the coca base seized in that country this year comes from Peru. The Special Task Force…

Tijuana Cartel Leader Extradited to US

MEXICO / 29 APR 2011

Benjamin Arellano Felix, alias "El Señor," a leader of Mexico's Tijuana Cartel, has been extradited to the U.S., reports El Universal. Arellano Felix is wanted on charges…

Homicides Drop in Colombia

COLOMBIA / 29 APR 2011

Colombia's National Police say that murders are down eight percent in the first four months of the year compared to the same period last year, reports Caracol. According…

Police: FARC Trained Rastrojos to Make Landmines

COLOMBIA / 29 APR 2011

As Colombia’s largest guerrilla army grows weaker, its allegiances to other armed groups in the country have fractured. Increasingly based on local dynamics rather than overarching national strategy, these relationships…

Mexico Sees Many Captures, Few Trials

JUDICIAL REFORM / 29 APR 2011

More than 70 percent of all federal arrests in Mexico never reach trial, highlighting deficiencies in the justice system which are at least as important as issues like…

Mexico Piracy, Contraband in Perspective

CONTRABAND / 29 APR 2011

The head of one of Mexico’s most important business federations said recently that piracy and contraband represented a $74 billion industry in that country. It's time to put such claims…

Arrests Highlight FARC’s International Support Networks

COLOMBIA / 28 APR 2011

Venezuela's arrest of a Colombian national suspected of running a pro-FARC news agency in Europe raises the question of how important the guerrilla group’s links to foreign groups…

Bolivian Police Implicated in Sanabria Case

BOLIVIA / 28 APR 2011

Three Bolivian police officers and a lawyer are accused of drug trafficking in connection with the case against General Rene Sanabria. The general is currently in prison in the U.S.,…

Puerto Rico’s Drug-Baseball Connection?

CARIBBEAN / 28 APR 2011

One of the most powerful traffickers in Puerto Rico, Angel Ayala Vazquez, was reportedly convicted Tuesday on drug trafficking charges, along with his brother, Luis Cruz. The two shipped cocaine…

Paraguay Warplanes to Patrol Bolivia Border

ARGENTINA / 28 APR 2011

Paraguay will begin patrolling its border with Bolivia by air in order to crack down on drug trafficking, reports La Razon. Tucano combat planes were deployed April 27 at noon…

600 FARC Uniforms Found in Ecuador

ECUADOR / 28 APR 2011

600 uniforms intended for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - FARC) were seized by the Ecuadorian police, reports Infobae.· Five people were arrested,…

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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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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. …