Archive: Nov 2013

Presidential Pilot Trial Raises Questions of CentAm Elite Corruption

ELITES AND CRIME / 20 NOV 2013

The trial of a former Guatemalan congressman and an ex-presidential pilot accused of drug trafficking has got underway in Honduras, in a case featuring a tangled web of Central American…

Peru Precursor Seizures Point to Use of Chemical Substitutes

PERU / 20 NOV 2013

Peru's counternarcotics police have reported the doubling of precursor chemical seizures since 2011, with the substances seized highlighting the use of substitute chemicals to skirt controls imposed on traditional precursors.

US Cables Raise Questions about Mexico Migrant Massacres

GULF CARTEL / 20 NOV 2013

US government documents obtained by a Washington DC-based non-governmental organization shed some light on one of the darkest periods in recent Mexican history: the multiple massacres of migrants between August…

Ecuador Arrest Highlights Lax Immigration Policy, Enforcement

ECUADOR / 19 NOV 2013

Ecuador has arrested an alleged Italian mafia member who held a legitimate work visa in the country but was wanted on criminal charges in Italy, highlighting how the country's lax…

Microsoft Opens Anti-Cyber Crime Office in Colombia

COLOMBIA / 19 NOV 2013

Technology giant Microsoft has selected Colombia's capital Bogota as its outpost in Latin America, as part of a network of offices across the globe which will collaborate with regional authorities…

Transport Extortion Worth $4 Mn a Year in Northwest Peru

EXTORTION / 19 NOV 2013

Criminal groups operating in the city of Trujillo, in northwestern Peru, make over $4 million a year extorting public transport companies, illustrating the highly lucrative nature of this criminal activity.

Mexico Art Seizures Point to Diversifying Criminal Portfolios

MEXICO / 19 NOV 2013

Authorities in Mexico have seized almost 200 potentially valuable works of art over a six-year period, shedding light on a lesser-known but lucrative source of income and money laundering for…

Colombia’s Wild West: Gold, Prostitutes and Urabeños

COLOMBIA / 19 NOV 2013

Three years ago, Buritica was a sleepy farming village tucked away in the mountains of Antioquia in northwest Colombia. Now, it is a gold rush frontier town replete with deathtrap…

Escuintla: Guatemala’s New Murder Capital

GUATEMALA / 18 NOV 2013

The coastal province of Escuintla has become Guatemala's most violent, as criminal groups battle for control over this strategic territory, which includes an important port, access to the capital and…

Narco Helicopter Network Unmasked in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA / 18 NOV 2013

Authorities in Costa Rica have five men believed to be part a transnational criminal group that used helicopters to transport drugs, arms and money, highlighting the country's inability to deal…

Extortion of Mexico Inmates’ Families Underscores Corruption

EXTORTION / 18 NOV 2013

Authorities are investigating complaints by family members of prisoners in Chihuahua, Mexico that they have been forced to pay extortion fees in order to get visitation rights, highlighting the rampant…

Report Reveals Extent of Human Trafficking in Colombia

COLOMBIA / 15 NOV 2013

An estimated 70,000 people fall victim to human trafficking in Colombia every year, according to a new report that explores the country's internal and international human trafficking problem, and the…

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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…