Archive: Nov 2013

US Treasury Designations Point to Beltran Leyva Revival

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 15 NOV 2013

The US Treasury has added two figures linked to the Beltran Leyva Organization to its "Kingpin List," another sign the once ailing drug cartel is restoring its influence in Mexico.

Rising Eco-Trafficking Threatens Brazil Amazon

BRAZIL / 15 NOV 2013

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon, which hit a low point in 2012, is on the rise again according to authorities, evidence of the difficulties of finding a sustainable solution to the…

Mexico Church Hierarchy Takes Tepid Stance Amidst Violence

MEXICO / 15 NOV 2013

Roman Catholic prelates in Michoacan state at last have drawn a line against local gangsters, and the officials nurturing them, further entangling what already was one of Mexico's more intractable…

Cali Violence ‘Criminal Chaos’ as Territorial Battles Escalate

COLOMBIA / 15 NOV 2013

Police sources have told InSight Crime the city of Cali -- the capital of Colombia's Pacific coast drug trafficking territory -- is "in criminal chaos," as the fallout from the…

Spanish Star Latest Connection Between Soccer and Crime

COLOMBIA / 15 NOV 2013

A Spanish judge has ordered proceedings against a director of the Atletico Madrid soccer team and a former Spain international for allegedly laundering money on behalf of drug traffickers from…

Purging El Salvador’s National Police: Mission Impossible

CHEPE LUNA / 15 NOV 2013

In the past fortnight, two newspaper articles have sought to address impunity within El Salvador's Civil National Police (PNC). One revealed the links between a Texis Cartel associate…

Mexico Violence Costs Country 15% of GDP: Minister

MEXICO / 14 NOV 2013

Mexican officials have estimated violence costs the country up to 15 percent of its annual GDP, although it is unclear how this is balanced against the huge influx of foreign…

Grenade Attack in Colombia Raises Specter of New Emerald War

COLOMBIA / 14 NOV 2013

The man believed to have replaced "Emerald Czar" Victor Carranza as the most powerful figure in Colombia's emerald trade has named the rivals he blames for a recent attempt on…

Bishop Reignites Debate Over Nicaragua’s Armed Groups

INFOGRAPHICS / 14 NOV 2013

A bishop in Nicaragua has claimed newly emergent armed groups in the semi-autonomous north of the country are drug traffickers and kidnappers without political ends, as the church continues to…

Medellin Homicide Rate Tumbles After Mafia Pact

COLOMBIA / 13 NOV 2013

Homicides in Medellin, Colombia were down over 60 percent in October compared to the same month last year, a decrease likely linked to a pax mafiosa struck between the city's two…

Stalled Bolivia Coca Report Delivers Moderate Verdict

BOLIVIA / 13 NOV 2013

Bolivia's long-awaited coca use study has found the country needs to cultivate over 14,000 hectares of the crop to satisfy legal demand, a number more than double opposition claims but…

Why is Latin America the Only Region with Rising Homicide Rates?

HOMICIDES / 13 NOV 2013

A new United Nations report has found Latin America is the only region in the world where overall homicide rates increased between 2000 and 2010, with the violence rates recorded…

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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…