Archive: Jan 2012

Zetas Hitman Confesses to Killing Dozens of Bus Passengers

MEXICO / 31 JAN 2012

Authorities in Mexico have captured an alleged Zetas hitman accused of killing more than 75 people. Many of these victims were bus passengers, but it is unclear whether they were…

Mexico Gangs Choose Old Weapons Over New: Govt

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 31 JAN 2012

According to Mexico's Defense Department, criminal organizations are equipping themselves with firearms that are between 20 and 30 years old. The government says this casts doubt on the claim that…

Dynamics of Honduran Police Corruption Narrow Chance for Reform

HONDURAS / 31 JAN 2012

Corrupt officers in the Honduras police force have reportedly moved far beyond taking bribes or tipping off criminal gangs; they have been accused of acting as killers and enforcers for…

‘Armed Groups Control Illegal Mines in Half of Colombia’

COLOMBIA / 31 JAN 2012

Colombia's National Police revealed that the FARC and BACRIMS control illegal mining operations in nearly half of the country, an indication of how important the industry has become for the…

El Salvador Transfers 1,000 Inmates to Break Up New Gang

BARRIO 18 / 31 JAN 2012

Authorities in El Salvador have transferred more than 1,000 inmates in an attempt to stabilize some of the country's violent, overcrowded prisons following the death of nine inmates earlier this…

With Extradition Law, Honduras Outsources Justice to US

EXTRADITION / 31 JAN 2012

Honduras has changed the law to allow the extradition of its citizens on drug trafficking and terrorism charges, raising concerns within the country that the government is allowing the US…

Mexican Ambassador Briefly Kidnapped in Caracas

KIDNAPPING / 30 JAN 2012

Mexico's ambassador to Venezuela, Carlos Pujalte, and his wife were abducted in Caracas and held for four hours before being released, in what appears to have been an "express kidnapping."…

Amid Police Reform Debate, Honduras to Create New Security Unit

HONDURAS / 30 JAN 2012

Honduras announced plans to create a new rural police force, part of a renewed effort by Congress to speed up police reform.

Defense Ministry Says Kidnapping Rose 5% in Colombia 2011, Contrary to Police Claims

COLOMBIA / 30 JAN 2012

Kidnappings in Colombia rose by 5.6 percent in 2011 according to the Ministry of Defense, contradicting police estimates of an 8 percent fall in the same period.

Is Venezuelan Military Stepping Up Role in Drug Trafficking?

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 30 JAN 2012

Allegations that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez knew of drug trafficking charges against his new defense minister not only suggest institutional corruption in the security forces, but that the president is…

Honduras Proposes Commission to Begin Police Purge

HONDURAS / 27 JAN 2012

Honduran lawmakers are considering a bill which would establish an independent monitoring body tasked with reforming the country's notoriously corrupt police force.

Arrests Highlight ELN-Rastrojos Alliance in Southwest Colombia

COLOMBIA / 27 JAN 2012

Colombian authorities have announced the capture of 27 members of drug gang the Rastrojos, who were reportedly working in partnership with the ELN rebel group.

About InSight Crime

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…

THE ORGANIZATION

We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

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

THE ORGANIZATION

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. …