Archive: Apr 2013

‘Argentina Rescues 45 Bolivians from Human Trafficking Ring’

ARGENTINA / 15 APR 2013

Argentine police reported dismantling a Bolivian-run human trafficking network in Buenos Aires, freeing 45 Bolivians from forced labor in textile workshops. …

Baja California: A Test for Mexico’s Pax-Mafioso?

EL MAYO / 14 APR 2013

In one indication that the Sinaloa Cartel may be wary of attracting federal government attention back to Tijuana, one of the cartel's top leaders reportedly told other criminal bosses to…

US State Dept 2014 Budget Cuts Aid to Colombia, Mexico

CARSI / 12 APR 2013

The US State Department budget proposal for 2014 has reduced aid for Colombia and Mexico while increasing funds for Central America, reflecting changes in regional priorities.

Brazil Installs 2 New UPP Units in North Rio

BRAZIL / 12 APR 2013

Rio de Janeiro has installed two new police pacification units (UPPs), in the latest stage of the government's plan to cut gang control and crime in the city's favelas.

Conflicting Statistics Point to Police Reform Problems in Honduras

HONDURAS / 12 APR 2013

Some 652 Honduran police have been fired in a reform process that began nearly a year ago, according to the government, but conflicting numbers from different state entities makes it…

Once Again, El Salvador Ignores Narco-Congress Links

EL SALVADOR / 12 APR 2013

El Salvador's security minister claimed that no members of Congress were accused of ties to a recently-captured drug trafficker known as "El Repollo," but was forced to backtrack when facts…

Alleged FARC Scheme Swapped Cocaine for West African Arms

COLOMBIA / 12 APR 2013

An international police operation has dismantled a network in which Colombian rebel group the FARC allegedly attempted to exchange cocaine for weapons from the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau.

Colombia Brokerage Firm Accused of Laundering Drug Money

COLOMBIA / 11 APR 2013

Colombian officials say that Interbolsa, a large brokerage firm that collapsed under mysterious circumstances last year, may have laundered money for international drug trafficking organizations.

Colombians Arrested in Bolivia Cocaine Lab Bust

BOLIVIA / 11 APR 2013

Bolivian authorities have discovered a massive half-built cocaine laboratory and arrested 10 Colombians in the country's eastern Santa Cruz department, highlighting the area's importance to the international drug trade.

Mexico Govt Reports Drop In Drug-Related Murders

HOMICIDES / 11 APR 2013

There has been a 17 percent drop in organized crime-related homicides during the first four months of President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration, according to Mexican government figures, although there…

Ecuador Bulk Cash Smuggling Reflects New Laundering Trend

ECUADOR / 11 APR 2013

Ecuador has witnessed a dramatic rise in bulk cash smuggling over the last five years, reflecting evolutions in criminal groups' money laundering and trafficking practices away from established financial institutions.

Caribbean Will See Trafficking Revival: State Department

CARIBBEAN / 10 APR 2013

A current high-ranking State Department official and former ambassador to Colombia has predicted that drug traffickers will revive trafficking routes through the Caribbean due to law enforcement pressures in Central…

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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…