Archive: Apr 2013

Honduras Congressional Hopeful Added to US Kingpin List

HONDURAS / 10 APR 2013

The US Treasury has added an aspiring congressman in Honduras to its "Kingpin" list in what is likely an attempt to increase the pressure not only on his criminal organization…

4 Indicted, 3 Arrested in Peru Artifact Trafficking Case

PERU / 10 APR 2013

Four people have been indicted by a US federal grand jury for the illegal trafficking of Peruvian artifacts, in the most recent case exposing the lucrative black market trade that…

Prosecutor: Costa Rica “Filling Up” with Mexican, Colombian Traffickers

COSTA RICA / 10 APR 2013

In an impassioned presentation in Washington DC, Costa Rica's top drug prosecutor warned of the growing presence of transnational criminal organizations in that Central American nation, saying there was…

Use of Mexico’s Marines in Drug Ops Down 40% Under Peña Nieto

MEXICO / 9 APR 2013

The number of Marines involved in counternarcotics operations in Mexico has fallen 40 percent since Enrique Peña Nieto took power, in another sign of Mexico's shifting security priorities.

Mexican Crime Monitoring Facebook Page Announces Closure

MEXICO / 9 APR 2013

The administrator of crime monitoring Facebook page "Valor X Tamaulipas" has announced its permanent closure, highlighting the dangers facing citizen journalism in Mexico.

Peru Drug Trafficker Accuses Garcia Govt of Selling Sentence Reductions

PERU / 9 APR 2013

A convicted drug trafficker has accused Peru's previous government of selling reductions in prison sentences, as the controversy over the Alan Garcia administration's presidential pardons and sentence commutations deepens.

Rio Police Most Corrupt in Brazil: Govt Survey

BRAZIL / 9 APR 2013

Police in the state of Rio de Janeiro are the most corrupt in Brazil, according to a government study into police extortion, underscoring the urgent need for police reform as…

FARC Lose Rural Fighters, Move to Urban Militias

COLOMBIA / 9 APR 2013

The FARC guerrillas are no longer a national threat, according to Colombia’s government. However, if the authorities are right that that group is retrenching in its traditional strongholds and relying…

Colombia’s BACRIM: On the Road to Extinction?

COLOMBIA / 9 APR 2013

A report written by Daniel Rico for the Woodrow Wilson Center insists that the current generation of Colombia’s organized crime syndicates, the BACRIM, is doomed to extinction -- an encouraging,…

80% Guatemala Murders Take Place in 25 Municipalities: President

BARRIO 18 / 8 APR 2013

Over 80 percent of homicides in Guatemala take place in just 25 of the country's 334 municipalities, according to President Otto Perez Molina, highlighting the concentrated nature of the violence…

Discovery of Coca Plantations in Ecuador Points to FARC

ECUADOR / 8 APR 2013

Authorities have destroyed two coca plantations on the Ecuadorean side of the country's border with Colombia in the latest discovery to shine a light on the small scale but seemingly…

Arrests Point to FARC Ties to Al Qaeda in North Africa

COLOMBIA / 8 APR 2013

Colombia's largest insurgency, the FARC, has allegedly been exchanging drugs for weapons with the North Africa faction of Al Qaeda, highlighting the international reach of the guerrilla's criminal networks.

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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…