Archive: Apr 2013

Cocaine Seizure Highlights Scale of Venezuela-Central America Trafficking

COLOMBIA / 26 APR 2013

Venezuela seized more than 2.6 tons of cocaine that authorities believe was destined for Central America, highlighting the scale of what is now one of the region's principal trafficking routes.

Urabenõs Boss Killed in Shootout with Colombian Police

COLOMBIA / 26 APR 2013

One of the Urabeños' top commanders was killed in a shootout with police in the organization's native Uraba region, in a serious blow to the most powerful of Colombia's…

Mexico Newspaper Slams Official Claims Linking Murdered Photographer to Zetas

MEXICO / 26 APR 2013

A Mexican newspaper has denied officials' claims that one of its photographers, killed this week, was targeted because of his ties to the drug trade, while another newspaper revealed evidence…

Honduras Police Involved in Extortion Racket: Report

EXTORTION / 26 APR 2013

Tegucigalpa residents say that police work with gangs that go door-to-door to collect extortion fees of nearly $80 per month, in an example of the involvement of security forces in…

Should Russian Anti-Drug Aid to LatAm Worry the US?

DRUG POLICY / 26 APR 2013

As Russia deepens its military and counternarcotics involvement in Latin America, the United States has to decide whether this represents competition, or welcome cooperation in the war on drugs.

Mexican Politicians Swap Accusations of Zetas Funding

MEXICO / 25 APR 2013

Two of Mexico’s biggest political parties have been trading allegations of ties to drug cartels, hinting at the murky connections between organized crime and politics in Mexico.

White House 2013 Drug Strategy Focuses on Prevention, Treatment

DRUG POLICY / 25 APR 2013

The White House's 2013 National Drug Control Strategy Report maintains the previous year's focus on prevention and treatment as the means to reduce demand for illegal drugs, and places increased…

Costa Rica Dismantles Groups Trafficking Colombian Cocaine

COSTA RICA / 25 APR 2013

Costa Rican police arrested 30 drug traffickers from four countries over the course of a year-long investigation that has shed light on the increasing transnationalization of the country's organized crime.

Is the Sinaloa Cartel Feeding Ecuador’s Domestic Drug Trade?

ECUADOR / 25 APR 2013

Reports from Ecuador highlight the size of its domestic drug market, although the country's biggest challenge may lie in the amount of narcotics moving through for international markets -- largely…

Over Half LatAm Companies Reported Cyber Attacks in 2012

CYBERCRIME / 25 APR 2013

Over half of Latin American companies suffered from cyber attacks such as malware, fraud, denial of service and phishing in 2012, according to Internet security firm ESET, highlighting the prevalence of cyber…

Governor Signs Pact to Legalize Vigilantes in West Mexico

MEXICO / 24 APR 2013

The government of Guerrero, Mexico, has signed an agreement with local self-defense forces to begin the process of legalizing these groups, in an attempt to address fears over growing vigilantism…

El Salvador Govt to Take more Responsibility for Gang Truce

BARRIO 18 / 24 APR 2013

The administration of El Salvador President Mauricio Funes is taking steps to assume a bigger role in the management of the truce between Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and …

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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. …

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InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…