Archive: Apr 2012

Drug Gangs Traffic Girls on Honduras-Nicaragua Border: UN

GENDER AND CRIME / 30 APR 2012

A UN official has warned that drug gangs are trafficking young girls from indigenous communities on the border between Honduras and Nicaragua -- a phenomenon that could be driven by…

FARC Sold Cocaine to Panama Drug Ring

FARC / 30 APR 2012

Panamanian authorities say the FARC rebel group worked with a trafficking ring with operations in Panama, pointing to permanent guerrilla presence in the country, and to its importance for the…

‘Jamaica Murder Rate Dropped 30% in 2012’

CARIBBEAN / 30 APR 2012

The Jamaica government says that the homicide rate is down to just two murders a day, a 30 percent drop from the beginning of 2012. But the security improvement may…

Peru Breaks Up Shining Path ‘Money Laundering Ring’

MONEY LAUNDERING / 30 APR 2012

Peruvian authorities have charged 19 members of the extended family of the Quispe Palomino brothers, who head the Shining Path rebel group, with laundering drug profits for the guerrillas.

In Nicaragua, Can Sex Work be Separated from Organized Crime?

GENDER AND CRIME / 30 APR 2012

A new NGO in Nicaragua aims to protect the rights of women who voluntarily work in the sex trade, raising the question of whether sex work should be seen as…

Ecuador to Expand Military’s Role in Fighting Crime

ECUADOR / 30 APR 2012

Ecuador's government is planning to increase the armed forces' involvement in law enforcement, a move which, although a practical response to rising crime, could have serious political consequences.

Interpol Launches Anti-Piracy Op Across Americas

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 27 APR 2012

A massive operation led by police agency Interpol against the trafficking of counterfeited goods across South, Central and North America indicates the prevalence of this illegal trade across the hemisphere.

Colombia Seizes $15 Mn in Assets Linked to Sinaloa Cartel

COLOMBIA / 27 APR 2012

Colombia has seized an estimated $15 million in holdings belonging to a Sinaloa Cartel associate who authorities claim is closely linked to Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, in an illustration of…

Venezuela Seizes 3 Tons Cocaine at Caribbean Port

VENEZUELA / 27 APR 2012

Venezuelan authorities found more than 3.3 tons of cocaine at a port north of Caracas, apparently being shipped from Colombia to Mexico.

Correa Vows to Pursue Colombian Rebels in Ecuador

ECUADOR / 27 APR 2012

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa yesterday admitted that Colombia’s largest rebel group could be operating within his country’s borders, vowing to confront them with law enforcement and security forces.

Was Captured Shining Path Boss a Double Agent?

PERU / 27 APR 2012

A new report sets out how, after his capture in 1999, Shining Path leader "Comrade Raul" won the confidence of the Peruvian authorities, before leading them into an ambush and…

US Announces Arrest of Almost 800 Suspected Gang Members

MS13 / 26 APR 2012

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) announced the detention of 792 alleged gang members in a nationwide raid, including alleged members of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio…

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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. …