Archive: Nov 2013

DEA Report Shows US Drug Market Changing

DRUG POLICY / 27 NOV 2013

The US Drug Enforcement Administration's annual report charts evolving market forces in the supply and demand of narcotics, with cocaine imports to the United States falling even as Mexican cartels…

Peru’s New Budget Bolsters Attack on Organized Crime

PERU / 27 NOV 2013

The police unit responsible for investigating organized crime in Peru is set to see its budget triple next year, a sign the country is bolstering efforts against organized crime to…

Panama Drug Seizures Up As Drug Routes Shift

INFOGRAPHICS / 26 NOV 2013

Panama has registered a significant increase in drug seizures this year compared to 2012, underling the country's growing importance to drug traffickers as the region's cocaine routes continue to shift.

Bolivia Govt Admits Major Cocaine Transit

BOLIVIA / 26 NOV 2013

Bolivia’s interior minister has admitted the country has “technological weaknesses” that make it difficult to properly track incoming drug flights, but failed to acknowledge the country’s more direct role in…

Organized Crime the True Winner in Honduras Elections

HONDURAS / 26 NOV 2013

What is the last thing a violence-wracked, corrupt Central American nation needs as it seeks to fight transnational organized crime: contested presidential elections.  Welcome to Honduras.

The Pitfalls and Possible Solutions for Mexico Prisons

MEXICO / 26 NOV 2013

A recent report from a Mexican NGO tackles the crisis in the nation's penitentiary system, unearthing a number of critical factors and providing a handful of potential solutions.

Ecuador Deforestation Spurred by Illegal Logging

ECUADOR / 25 NOV 2013

Deforestation in Ecuador is occurring at a rate of nearly 66,000 hectares a year, according to official figures, in part due to the depredations of illegal loggers, as well as…

Lax Controls Leave Ecuador’s Ports Vulnerable to Drug Trafficking

ECUADOR / 25 NOV 2013

A lack of oversight in Ecuador's ports on the part of both private companies and the government has left maritime routes open for drug traffickers, contributing to the country's growth…

Growth of Foreign Groups Underlines Argentina’s Rising Drug Role

ARGENTINA / 25 NOV 2013

Transnational trafficking groups are increasingly making their presence known in northern Argentina, where unmonitored border crossings and well-established transit routes have created an ideal environment for international traffickers to expand…

Mexico Authorities Track Drug Lords’ Families on Social Media

MEXICO / 25 NOV 2013

Authorities in Mexico are using photos posted on social networking websites to track the movements of drug lords and their families, highlighting the growing importance of the internet for both…

Colombia’s ‘War on Contraband Fuel’ Highlights Lucrative Trade

COLOMBIA / 22 NOV 2013

Authorities in Colombia have seized 34,000 gallons of contraband fuel and arrested 30 suspects, in a series of operations highlighting the extent of a lucrative illicit trade fed largely by…

Why Are Robbery Related Killings Rising in Quito, Ecuador?

ECUADOR / 22 NOV 2013

Robberies are the leading cause of homicide in Ecuador capital Quito, according to a new report, raising questions as to why high street crime so frequently escalates into murder.

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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…