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…

About InSight Crime

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Unraveling the Web of Elites Connected to Organized Crime

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InSight Crime published Elites and Organized Crime in Nicaragua, a deep dive into the relationships between criminal actors and elites in that Central American nation.

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InSight Crime’s Greater Focus on US-Mexico Border

20 JUL 2021

InSight Crime has decided to turn many of its investigative resources towards understanding and chronicling the criminal dynamics along the US-Mexico border.

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Key Arrests and Police Budget Increases Due to InSight Crime Investigations

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With Memo Fantasma’s arrest, InSight Crime has proven that our investigations can and will uncover major criminal threats in the Americas.

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Organized Crime’s Influence on Gender-Based Violence

30 JUN 2021

InSight Crime investigator Laura N. Ávila spoke on organized crime and gender-based violence at the launch of a research project by the United Nations Development Programme.

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Conversation with Paraguay Judicial Operators on PCC

24 JUN 2021

InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley formed part of a panel attended by over 500 students, all of whom work in Paraguay's judicial system.