Archive: Aug 2011

‘Guatemala Anti-Drug Operations Force Refugees into Mexico’

GUATEMALA / 31 AUG 2011

A community of at least 200 people in north Guatemala has sought refuge over the border in Mexico, after their village was allegedly torched in a government operation against drug…

São Paulo Car Theft Feeds Drug Trade

BRAZIL / 31 AUG 2011

Sky-high rates of car theft in São Paulo are fueled by an international car trafficking industry that reportedly funds Brazil's drug and weapons trades.

Colombia Declares War on Timber Trafficking Mafia

COLOMBIA / 31 AUG 2011

Colombia’s government announced a “crusade” against illegal logging, vowing to clamp down on the multi-million dollar timber trafficking industry which, it says, funds organized criminal groups.

Colombia Cartel Laundered European Profits Through Ecuador

COLOMBIA / 31 AUG 2011

Colombia's Norte del Valle drug cartel has been laundering money through a network in Ecuador, according to the Ecuadorian authorities.

Colombia Seizes Ton of Cocaine from ‘Loco Barrera’

COLOMBIA / 31 AUG 2011

Colombian anti-narcotics police found a ton of cocaine on a ranch in the Pacific Valle del Cauca province belonging to Daniel Barrera, alias "El Loco," one of the…

Mexico Casino Arson Suspects ‘Did not Plan Massacre’

EXTORTION / 31 AUG 2011

Mexican authorities paraded five men accused of the Monterrey casino arson attack, who allegedly told investigators that they had not intended to kill so many people.

Nicaragua Police Tout Security Advances Under Ortega

NICARAGUA / 30 AUG 2011

Police in Nicaragua have arrested over 21,000 people and seized 42 tons of cocaine since 2006, according to police statistics.

Mass Graves with 12 Bodies Found in North Mexico

MEXICO / 30 AUG 2011

Two mass graves, containing a total of 12 bodies, were found in the north Mexico state of Chihuahua, one of the regions worst hit by drug violence.

El Salvador Buses Strike Against Extortion Rackets

EL SALVADOR / 30 AUG 2011

At least two bus routes around San Salvador have been hit by drivers striking to demand that the authorities protect them from extortion demands by gangs.

Colombia Registers 61,000 Disappeared

COLOMBIA / 30 AUG 2011

The number of missing people registered in Colombia has reached 61,604, according to figures from the country's ombudsman.

Mexico Counts Missing on Day of the Disappeared

KIDNAPPING / 30 AUG 2011

As the world marks the International Day of the Disappeared, Mexico counts more than 3,000 people who have disappeared since 2006, when President Calderon began his assault on organized…

Why Lowering US Drug Demand is No Panacea for Mexico Violence

DRUG POLICY / 30 AUG 2011

The idea that reducing drug demand in the U.S. is the key to drastically weakening organized crime in Mexico is misguided; the slow work of institutional reform must come first.

Institutional Content

THE ORGANIZATION

Strategic Communications Manager Job Description

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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4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.

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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…

BRIEF

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…

ANALYSIS

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. …