Archive: Jul 2013

Guerrero, Chihuahua Mexico’s 2012 Murder Hotspots

HOMICIDES / 31 JUL 2013

Mexican border state Chihuahua and the southwest state of Guerrero tied for highest murder rate in the country in 2012, according to preliminary homicide figures released by the country's statistics…

Children Rescued From Shining Path in Peru

PERU / 31 JUL 2013

Security forces have rescued two children from the Shining Path guerrillas in Peru, drawing attention to the recruitment practices that have enabled the rebels to survive despite being severely weakened…

Rise in Violence in North Nicaragua ‘Linked to Organized Crime’

HOMICIDES / 31 JUL 2013

Experts have attributed a recent increase in violence Nicaragua's semi-autonomous northeast region to the presence of organized crime and arms trafficking, something likely related to the area's status as a…

FARC Contracted Criminal Gang To Help With Extortion

COLOMBIA / 30 JUL 2013

Authorities have dismantled a band allegedly contracted by the FARC to plant explosive devices in Bogota shops in exchange for drugs and cash, in a case that further blurs the…

Cartels, Vigilantes, State Create Perfect Storm in Michoacan

JALISCO CARTEL / 30 JUL 2013

The attacks on Mexican security forces by armed men across the Pacific Coast state of Michoacan in the past week have killed dozens of people and mocked the federal government's…

Urabeños and Oficina De Envigado in Medellin Ceasefire

COLOMBIA / 30 JUL 2013

Colombia's most powerful criminal network the Urabeños may have entered into a pact with rivals Oficina de Envigado in Medellin, where the battle for control of the city has…

Over 150 ‘Narcotaxis’ Operate in Mexico State Capital

MEXICO / 30 JUL 2013

Taxi drivers in Chilpancingo, Mexico, are demanding authorities take action against the more than 150 organized crime linked "narcotaxis" that operate in the city, amid finger-pointing and buck-passing from…

Bolivia President Pushes to Sell Coca Tea to Regional Partners

BOLIVIA / 30 JUL 2013

Bolivian President Evo Morales plans to sell coca tea to neighboring countries, in his latest attempt to expand the legal coca market -- which has so far failed to take…

Guatemala: The Changing Face of Drug Trafficking

GUATEMALA / 30 JUL 2013

Drug traffickers survive under one premise: adapting to change. At the regional level, the agents of change emerge from the interaction between traffickers and the authorities, as well as…

Uruguay Ups Protection to Threatened Organized Crime Prosecutors

URUGUAY / 29 JUL 2013

Prosecutors and judges investigating organized crime in Uruguay have been assigned special police protection after receiving threats, an indication of growing security concerns in one of South America's safest nations.

Murders of Guatemala Bus Drivers Double in 2013

EXTORTION / 29 JUL 2013

Murders of public transport drivers in Guatemala more than doubled in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period last year, a sign of rising peril…

Paraguay’s New ‘Narco-President’ Takes Aim At The Underworld

CONTRABAND / 29 JUL 2013

The president-elect of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes, has attacked the state institutions of his predecessor, accusing them of corruption and involvement in Paraguay's lucrative smuggling and contraband sectors -- crimes…

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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. …