Archive: Apr 2013

Army: FARC ‘Refineries’ Discovered in Nariño, Colombia

COLOMBIA / 17 APR 2013

A military raid in south Colombia has revealed the extent of the FARC's oil theft operations in the region, which provide the guerrillas with a key precursor required for cocaine…

Nicaragua Court Reviews Appeal for Mexico-Televisa Case

MEXICO / 17 APR 2013

Nicaragua's appeals court will review the sentences handed to 18 Mexicans found guilty of drug trafficking after being arrested while traveling as journalists, in a test of the court system's…

BACRIM Responsible for 30% of Human Rights Violations in Colombia

COLOMBIA / 16 APR 2013

Colombia's BACRIM are on average responsible for 3 of every 10 human rights abuses reported in Colombia, according to the national ombudsman, making these criminal groups the most egregious violators…

Mexico City Launches New Anti-Drug Dealing Police Force

MEXICO / 16 APR 2013

Mexico City has announced a new dedicated police division dedicated to combating micro-trafficking, as the capital attempts to counter a steep rise in local drug dealing.

Guatemala Turns Security Cameras on its Own Police

GUATEMALA / 16 APR 2013

The Guatemalan government is installing cameras in police patrol cars to monitor its own officers, as part of the effort to tackle corruption and criminal links within the force.

‘El Salvador Gang Members Use Security Guard Posts for Extortion’

BARRIO 18 / 16 APR 2013

Gang members have been sent to work as security guards in El Salvador in order to extort vehicle owners, highlighting the risks inherent in relying on private, ill-regulated companies to…

UN Warns of Rise in Human Trafficking Within Colombia

COLOMBIA / 16 APR 2013

The problem of internal human trafficking in Colombia is worsening, according to the United Nations (UN) and Colombian officials, highlighting a lack of government attention to the domestic aspect of…

Texas Security Reports Point to Cross-Border Gang Alliances

MEXICO / 16 APR 2013

The latest Texas Gang Threat Assessment offers a complex picture of the local organizations’ interactions with Mexican traffickers, painting a picture of collaboration rather than the much-feared spillover violence.

Brazil-Bound Drugs Could Spark Violence in Bolivia: UN

BOLIVIA / 15 APR 2013

The United Nations (UN) has warned that the drug trade could lead to a surge in violence in Bolivia, as the Andean nation plays an increasingly important role in…

Europol Warns of Mexican Cartel Presence In Europe

MEXICO / 15 APR 2013

Mexican cartels are seeking to cement themselves as "key players" in Europe's drugs market, according to the European Police Office (Europol).

What Does Maduro’s Victory Mean For Security in Venezuela?

VENEZUELA / 15 APR 2013

Nicolas Maduro's smaller-than-expected margin of victory in Venezuela's presidential elections raises the question of how effectively he will be able to tackle the country's dire crime and security situation.

The Unsuspected Dimensions of Drug Trafficking in Nicaragua

ELITES AND CRIME / 15 APR 2013

The pattern of releases and penalty reductions for prisoners convicted of drug trafficking in Nicaragua give an insight into the deep penetration of the drug trade into the judicial…

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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…