Archive: Feb 2012

Are Police-Run Militias Spreading Across Brazil?

BRAZIL / 29 FEB 2012

Warnings that militias made up of police may have been responsible for dozens of murders during recent police strikes in Bahia, north Brazil, draw attention to the spread of these…

Drop in Mexico Seizures Shows Cocaine Trade Shifting to Central America: UN

MEXICO / 29 FEB 2012

Cocaine seizures in Mexico have dropped by about four fifths since 2007, which the UN says is evidence that cocaine trafficking is shifting to Central America.

Oil Workers Kidnapped in Colombian Region of FARC, ELN Activity

COLOMBIA / 29 FEB 2012

Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon has retracted his announcement of the release of nine oil workers, who were kidnapped Tuesday in a department where both the FARC and ELN…

Guatemala Court Rules to Extradite ‘Juan Chamale’ to US

EXTRADITION / 29 FEB 2012

A Guatemalan court ruled that one of the country's most notorious alleged criminals, Juan Alberto Ortiz Lopez, alias 'Juan Chamale,' can be extradited to the United States, suggesting the practice…

Colombian Attorney General Removed, Amid Accusations of Paramilitary Ties

AUC / 29 FEB 2012

Colombia's attorney general, Viviane Morales, was removed from her position by the country's Council of State after they deemed her 2010 election by the Supreme Court to be void.

Why Monitoring Precursor Chemicals Won’t Halt Cocaine Production

PERU / 29 FEB 2012

Peru's IDL-Reporteros takes a look at the chemicals used to manufacture cocaine, and the reasons why governments in Peru and elsewhere in Latin America have had such a hard time…

US-Funded Naval Base Stirs Controversy in Dominican Republic

CARIBBEAN / 28 FEB 2012

Plans for a US-funded naval station on an island off the coast of the Dominican Republic have sparked a controversy over sovereignty and natural resource issues.

FARC Diversifying Tactics with Unconventional Explosives

COLOMBIA / 28 FEB 2012

With Colombia's largest rebel army increasingly relying on hit-and-run tactics, they have demonstrated cunning methods of orchestrating bombings, using trees and animals to mask explosive devices.

Mexico Case Reveals Vast Human Trafficking Scheme

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / 28 FEB 2012

The case of a Mexican organization which allegedly paid mothers to put their children up for adoption has highlighted the fine line between adoption and child trafficking, and suggests that…

US to Change Mexico Deportation Policy, Aims to Drive Down Border Violence

MEXICO / 28 FEB 2012

The United States Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano, has annonced that the US government will change its deportation policy for illegal Mexican migrants, flying them to their place of origin…

Panama Dismisses Drug Legalization

DRUG POLICY / 28 FEB 2012

Panama's government has stated its opposition to drug legalization, ahead of a visit by Guatemala's vice president to promote debate on the issue.

Why the FARC May Actually Mean What It Says About Kidnapping

COLOMBIA / 27 FEB 2012

The announcement that Colombia's FARC, the region's oldest and largest insurgency, would halt kidnappings was greeted with mixed emotions. But while the skeptics seem to outnumber the optimists, the new…

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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. …