Archive: Jan 2013

Mexico Arrests Alleged Heir to ‘Nacho Coronel’

MEXICO / 31 JAN 2013

Authorities announced the arrest of the heir to a criminal faction once loyal to Sinaloa Cartel boss Ignacio Coronel Villarreal, alias "Nacho Coronel," warning that this could spark a new wave…

Brazil Sentences 3 Military Police for Judge’s Murder

BRAZIL / 31 JAN 2013

A Brazilian judge gave three military police officers prison sentences of more than 20 years for the 2011 assassination of Rio de Janeiro Judge Patricia Acioli, who worked to prosecute…

Colombian Drug Gang the Rastrojos Face US Sanctions

COLOMBIA / 31 JAN 2013

The US government has placed sanctions on Colombian drug gang the Rastrojos, including one of its top leaders who was captured last year, suggesting the United States is preparing to…

Mapping Guatemala’s Murder Hotspots

GUATEMALA / 31 JAN 2013

An analysis of Guatemala's homicide trends shows that homicides are unevenly distributed across the country, which may point to a spillover of violence from Honduras -- though drug trafficking is…

Explosion in Cali Youth Gangs Fuels Drug Turf War in Colombia

COLOMBIA / 31 JAN 2013

An official report highlights the startling explosion of youth gangs in the city of Cali, Colombia, feeding the conflict between rival criminal groups the Urabeños and the Rastrojos.

Guatemala Announces Heroin Poppy Crop Substitution Program

GUATEMALA / 30 JAN 2013

Guatemala's interior minister has announced plans for a crop substitution program for poppy farmers, suggesting the government will take a more integrated approach to fighting the country's…

FARC Threaten More Kidnapping as Peace Talks Continue

COLOMBIA / 30 JAN 2013

The FARC rebel group has declared that it will continue to kidnap members of the Colombian security forces, and announced that it would enforce a strike in west Colombia in…

Peru Seizures Point to Popularity of Synthetic Drugs in Region

PERU / 30 JAN 2013

The seizure of thousands of capsules of synthetic drugs in Lima illustrates the growing popularity of synthetic party drugs, such as 2CB, in Latin America, some of them easily…

Machos Arrest Could Knock Urabeños’ Power in West Colombia

COLOMBIA / 30 JAN 2013

Colombian police have captured the alleged head of the once-mighty Machos drug gang, in a blow to his allies in the Urabeños, and their campaign to push rivals the Rastrojos…

‘Mara’ Gangs Behind 90% Organized Crime Cases: El Salvador Judge

BARRIO 18 / 30 JAN 2013

A Salvadoran judge said that 90 percent of the organized crime cases he has dealt with in the last six years have been committed by "mara" street gangs, raising the…

Missing Mexican Band Members Found Dead on ‘Traffickers’ Ranch’

MEXICO / 29 JAN 2013

Several members of a band who had been missing since January 25 were found dead in the north Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, in a ranch allegedly belonging to drug…

Guatemala Seizes First Narco-Farm Under New Law

GUATEMALA / 29 JAN 2013

A Guatemalan court ruled that a farm seized from an alleged drug trafficker should go to the state, the first such decision under a 2010 law that allows the government…

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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. …