Archive: Sep 2013

Venezuela No.1 Trafficker in LatAm: Anti-Drugs Official

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 SEP 2013

A former top anti-drugs official in Venezuela has lambasted corruption in the country and branded it the "number one" drug trafficking nation in Latin America, highlighting how deeply the connections…

Honduras Disputes Homicide Stats as Elections Near

HOMICIDES / 30 SEP 2013

A debate over official homicide statistics in Honduras raise questions about whether the government is politicizing murder rates in the run-up to presidential elections.

Argentina Frees, Deports Colombia ‘Narco Model’

ARGENTINA / 30 SEP 2013

Argentina has released and deported a model from Colombia convicted of drug trafficking in 2011, in a case highlighting the controversial Argentine practice of ejecting foreign prisoners after serving half…

Bahamas Seizes $4 Mn of Drugs in a Week

CARIBBEAN / 30 SEP 2013

Police in the Bahamas have recovered $4 million of marijuana in a week, amid growing calls in the Caribbean for legalization of the drug.

Narco-Islands: Panama’s Drug Trafficking Paradise

PANAMA / 30 SEP 2013

Throughout the isthmus underworld, an island is worth more than 1,000 kilometers of road. It is not surprising then that Panama's islands have few authorities and many traffickers. …

Fuel Trafficking Costs Honduras $230 Mn per Year

CONTRABAND / 27 SEP 2013

Honduras is losing $230 million per year in revenues because of fuel smuggling, a practice driven by criminal groups capitalizing on Venezuela's fuel subsidies.

Argentina Busts First Buenos Aires Ecstasy Lab

ARGENTINA / 27 SEP 2013

Police in Argentina have uncovered a drug lab and seized 200,000 ecstasy tablets and precursor chemicals in Buenos Aires, in a bust that indicates criminals may have begun domestic production…

Mexico Is World Leader in Child Pornography: Officials

MEXICO / 27 SEP 2013

Mexico is the world's number one distributor and the second largest producer of child pornography, according to Mexican officials, highlighting the extent of an illicit activity that could be linked…

Bolivia Dismantles Fake Money Operation

BOLIVIA / 27 SEP 2013

Authorities in Bolivia have broken up a criminal operation dedicated to producing false local currency, in a case which highlights the spread of counterfeiting and the migration of criminal experts.

Mexico Personalities Call for Marijuana Legalization

DRUG POLICY / 27 SEP 2013

Former officials and current celebrities have signed a petition advocating for the legalization of marijuana in Mexico, adding weight to the campaign to make Mexico City the next place to…

Cattle Rustling Menaces Rural LatAm Communities

COSTA RICA / 26 SEP 2013

In early September, Costa Rica's Security Minister Mario Zamora announced a multi-agency strategy involving security forces, the Public Ministry and the Judicial Investigation Organization. But he wasn't targeting drug trafficking…

Locals Taking Control of Paraguay Drug Trafficking: Minister

PARAGUAY / 26 SEP 2013

Paraguayans are becoming increasingly prominent within foreign drug trafficking networks in Paraguay, a sign such organizations are establishing deep roots in the country.

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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. …