Archive: May 2011

‘FARC’ Murders Mayor Candidates in North Colombia

COLOMBIA / 31 MAY 2011

Two mayoral candidates were abducted and murdered in northern Colombia in an attack attributed to the FARC guerrilla group, providing another sign of rising violence in the run-up to October's…

Texas Department of Public Safety: Texas Gang Threat Assessment 2010

MS13 / 31 MAY 2011

An assessment by the Texas Department of Public Safety of the security threat posed by gangs in the state. The report is intended to give an overview of the issue,…

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Coverage of Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean

31 MAY 2011

A report by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, and the Open Society Foundations, on media coverage of organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is…

Argentina, Mexico Sign Extradition Treaty


The presidents of Mexico and Argentina agreed to increase their cooperation in the fight against organized crime, signing an extradition treaty at a meeting in Mexico.

Colombia Rejects FARC Prisoner Swap

COLOMBIA / 31 MAY 2011

Colombia's government rejected the idea of carrying out a prisoner swap with the FARC, after the guerrilla group publicly called for a "civilized and political exit" from the conflict.

Mexico Investigates Grenade Attack on Newspaper

MEXICO / 31 MAY 2011

Mexico’s Justice Department has opened an investigation into a Sunday night grenade attack on the Vanguardia newspaper, in the northern city of Saltillo.

UN: ‘Grave Concern’ About Attacks on Migrants in Mexico


The UN high commissioner for human rights warned that the situation of migrants passing through Mexico is a matter of "grave concern," following recent attacks against migrants making their way…

Kidnapping in Tijuana: The New Normal


Tijuana is facing a new trend in kidnapping. Unlike the wave of indiscriminate abductions for ransom that hit this Mexican city in 2008, this time the kidnappings seem more…

Mass Arrest in Mexico Exposes Familia’s Internal Divide

EL CHANGO / 30 MAY 2011

With Mexican security forces' arrest of 36 alleged members of the Familia Michoacana drug trafficking organization, and the deaths of another 15, the rift between two leaders of…

Battles, Tanks, Missiles, but no Insurgency in Mexico


Refugees fleeing towns to escape the fighting, corpses strewn on the road after a battle between rival groups, and combat involving tanks, high-caliber guns, and anti-aircraft missiles -- the events…

Army Busts Huge Meth Lab in South Mexico

MEXICO / 30 MAY 2011

Mexico's authorities have dismantled a large methamphetamine production facility in the southern state of Chiapas, capable of making 150 kilos of the drug each day.

Panama Sea Seizures Force Drugs into Costa Rica

COSTA RICA / 30 MAY 2011

Panama's efforts to stop maritime trafficking in its waters has forced traffickers to use land routes in Costa Rica, according to Costa Rican anti-drug authorities.

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


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…


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…


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. …