Archive: Nov 2013

Spanish Network Allegedly Sent Millions to FARC Rebels

COLOMBIA / 29 NOV 2013

The trial has begun for 45 members of a drug money laundering network operating in Spain alleged to have provided funding for Colombia's FARC guerrillas, raising questions over the extent…

Mass Beach Robberies Prompt Brazil Police Crackdown

BRAZIL / 29 NOV 2013

Teenage gangs are descending onto Rio De Janeiro's beaches to rob tourists en masse, according to authorities, a crime wave possibly linked to the pacification scheme in the city's…

Why Have Bolivia’s Cocaine Seizures Fallen 50% in 2013?

BOLIVIA / 29 NOV 2013

Bolivia has seized 18.8 tons of cocaine and cocaine paste this year, a drop of nearly 50 percent from 2012's total that reverses a five-year upward trend, raising the question:…

Breaking Down Argentina’s Drug Trade

ARGENTINA / 29 NOV 2013

In recent years, Argentina has seen rising violence and an influx of foreign drug traffickers as cocaine floods the country both for consumption and export, a situation that is likely…

Did Ex-President’s Sister Work With Mexico’s Knights Templar?

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 29 NOV 2013

The leader of Mexico's Knights Templar has claimed the cartel was twice contacted by the sister of former president Felipe Calderon, who is currently a senator, raising questions of whether…

Bolivia-Sinaloa Links Suggest Mexico Cartel Expansion

BOLIVIA / 28 NOV 2013

A Bolivian pilot shot dead while trying to fly cocaine out of Peru was reportedly linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, suggesting Mexican cartels are moving in on European trafficking routes…

Chile Takes Hard Line Against Corruption After Police Drugs Scandal

CHILE / 28 NOV 2013

The head of Chile's national anti-narcotics police has been removed from his position and over 100 cases of possible police corruption investigated following the arrests of four officers on drug trafficking charges,…

Peru Breaks Coca Eradication Record

COCA / 28 NOV 2013

Peru has eradicated a record amount of coca in 2013, surpassing the country's goal for the year of 22,000 hectares, an achievement likely linked both to increased anti-drug efforts and…

58,000 Trafficked Animals Seized Annually in Colombia

COLOMBIA / 28 NOV 2013

Experts have revealed the extent of illegal wildlife trafficking in Colombia, highlighting an underreported but lucrative income source for criminal organizations, only exceeded by drugs, arms and human trafficking.

The Mexico Govt’s Coordination Obsession

MEXICO / 28 NOV 2013

In the view of Mexico's government, coordination in the national security strategy is an end in itself, independent from the goals they are pursuing and from the policies…

Drug Arrests Highlight Chile Police Corruption

CHILE / 27 NOV 2013

Four national police officers from Chile have been detained for involvement in smuggling over a ton of marijuana from Bolivia to Chile, underlining how major corruption pervades even the most…

Nicaragua Issues Politically Charged Anti-Drug Ops Invitation

CARIBBEAN / 27 NOV 2013

Nicaragua has authorized the militaries of the United States and Russia to undertake drug interdiction in Caribbean waters successfully claimed from Colombia in the International Court of Justice last year,…

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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…