Archive: Nov 2013

El Salvador Businessman’s Release Points to Texis Cartel Impunity

EL SALVADOR / 22 NOV 2013

A Salvadoran businessmen with links to the Texis Cartel has once again escaped punishment after his possession of illegal arms case was dismissed on a legal technicality, suggesting corrupt state…

100 Days In, Paraguay President’s War on EPP Sees Little Progress

EPP / 22 NOV 2013

Paraguay's new head of state declared a frontal assault on the northern EPP guerrillas in August, but just shy of 100 days into his presidency, there is little sign the…

The Complex Relationship of Organized Crime and Violence in LatAm

HOMICIDES / 22 NOV 2013

A new UN report finds that organized crime bears a complex relationship to rising insecurity and violence in Latin America, which is influenced by a host of other factors, a…

Venezuela Police Reform on a Political Tightrope

INFOGRAPHICS / 22 NOV 2013

In our previous posts in this series we aimed to understand the difficulties confronted by police reform in Venezuela. We showed that most Venezuelans do not blame the government…

Murder Shines a Light on Venezuela Kidnapping

KIDNAPPING / 21 NOV 2013

The death of a 38-year-old man in a confrontation between criminals and police takes the number of murdered kidnap victims in Venezuela this year to 21, as kidnapping not only…

Two Ton Seizure Shows Peru Cocaine Moving Through Ecuador

ECUADOR / 21 NOV 2013

Authorities in Ecuador have seized two tons of cocaine near the border with Peru, suggesting the country's growing role as a drug transit point for traffickers moving Peruvian as well…

Is Sinaloa Cartel Boss, ‘Chapo’ Guzman, in Honduras?

EL CHAPO / 21 NOV 2013

A government minister from Honduras has stated that Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman could be living in the country, where geography, corruption and crime provide the ideal…

El Salvador Gangs ‘At War’ as Truce Hits the Rocks

EL SALVADOR / 21 NOV 2013

The El Salvador Security and Justice Minister has said the country's gangs are once again at war as rising murder rates suggest the truce between the gangs is all but…

Why Do Brazilian Police Kill?

BRAZIL / 21 NOV 2013

An average of five people were killed by police every day in Brazil last year, according to an annual security report, revealing an entrenched culture of violence within the…

Property Theft on the Rise in Guatemala

GUATEMALA / 20 NOV 2013

Gangs using violence and fraud are driving an exponential increase in the theft of properties in Guatemala, demonstrating a level of sophistication that goes far beyond street gangs seizing homes…

Are Crime Families Fueling Rise in Ecuador Domestic Drug Trade?

ECUADOR / 20 NOV 2013

Police in Ecuador have highlighted the role of local drug trafficking clans -- often based on family ties -- within the country's growing drug trade, a sign that Ecuador's increasing…

Colombia’s ‘New Emerald Czar’ Arrested Amid Fears of ‘Green War’

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2013

A week after surviving a grenade attack, Colombia's "New Emerald Czar" has been arrested for links to organized crime and weapons trafficking, in what could be an operation designed to…

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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…