Archive: Nov 2012

El Salvador’s Top Prison Official Accused of Giving Favorable Treatment to Brother-in-Law

EL SALVADOR / 30 NOV 2012

An investigation by El Faro has revealed that the head of El Salvador's penitentiary system likely used his position to ensure favorable treatment for his incarcerated brother-in-law,…

Honduras Seizes Largest Ever Drug Shipment

HONDURAS / 30 NOV 2012

Honduran authorities have seized an estimated 15 tons of illegal drugs in the largest haul in the country's history, highlighting its increasingly central role in the international drug trade.

Leaked Government List Counts 25,000 Missing in Mexico

MEXICO / 30 NOV 2012

An unpublished government list of 25,000 people gone missing in Mexico during the Calderon administration has leaked to the press, revealing both the horrifying scale of the…

What to Keep, What to Throw Away from Calderon Presidency

MEXICO / 30 NOV 2012

The exit of Felipe Calderon from the Mexican presidency on December 1 marks the end of an era in the country's battles with organized crime. Now Enrique Peña Nieto must…

Barrio Azteca

BARRIO AZTECA / 2018-07-09

The Barrio Azteca prison gang emerged in Texas prisons, later served as armed support to the Juárez Cartel, and has since evolved to control local drug trafficking in Juárez. The…

Honduran Court Declares Police Cleanup Law Unconstitutional

HONDURAS / 29 NOV 2012

The Honduran Supreme Court has declared a law aimed at cleaning up the country's notoriously corrupt police force to be unconstitutional on the same day that the government sought to…

Mexican Armed Group Burns Down Sinaloa Village

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 29 NOV 2012

A village in Sinaloa, Mexico was burned to the ground by armed men in an attack likely linked to the ongoing battle between the Beltran Leyva…

Cases Languish as Human Trafficking on the Rise in Bolivia

BOLIVIA / 29 NOV 2012

Despite the fact that Bolivian has seen an uptick in human trafficking in recent years, just two trafficking cases in the last six years ended in a conviction, while more…

White Supremacist Gang Does Business with Gulf Cartel

GULF CARTEL / 29 NOV 2012

A recent US federal investigation into the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas has uncovered cooperation between the violent white supremacist gang and the Gulf Cartel, an example of increasing…

US Defends Blacklisting of Salvador Street Gang

EL SALVADOR / 29 NOV 2012

US authorities defend their decision to impose financial sanctions against the Mara Salvatrucha, a surprise move that was questioned by the Salvadoran president as his government negotiates…

El Salvador Truce Mediators Call for Repeal of Anti-Gang Law

BARRIO 18 / 28 NOV 2012

Mediators of the El Salvador gang truce say a controversial anti-gang law should be repealed, once again calling into question the iron first policies implemented in El Salvador…

Colombia’s Urabeños Expand Presence in Panama

COLOMBIA / 28 NOV 2012

Colombia's neo-paramilitary Urabeños are strengthening their presence across the border in Panama, expanding their influence over a key drug shipment route with easy access to money…

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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. …