Archive: Nov 2013

Ecuador Joins Regional Moves to Militarize Drug War

ECUADOR / 13 NOV 2013

Ecuador has dispatched a military patrol to combat drug trafficking in the western coastal province of Manabi, a strategy likely linked both to the province's strategic importance to drug trafficking…

Mexico Purges Officers Amid Stumbling Police Reform

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 13 NOV 2013

A total of 700 Mexico state police officers stationed in Michoacan will be fired or demoted after failing confidence tests, further illustrating the extent of corruption among public officials in…

Docs Reveal CIA-Guadalajara Link, Not Conspiracy

ELITES AND CRIME / 13 NOV 2013

The story connecting Mexico's infamous Guadalajara Cartel to the United States' top spy agency in the 1980s is not fiction, even if the assertion that the agency helped kill a…

LatAm Prison System Failing Women Drug Convicts

DRUG POLICY / 12 NOV 2013

Female drug convicts in Latin America are being failed by inadequate justice systems, according to a report from a leading drug policy NGO, which calls for international and local strategies…

Nicaraguan Officials Occupy, Profit from Seized Assets

NICARAGUA / 12 NOV 2013

Authorities in Nicaragua have continued to defend their occupation of assets seized in drug trafficking investigations, illustrating the extent to which state institutions rely on trafficking-related seizures as a source…

Ex-US Soldier Led Mexico Kidnapping Gang

MEXICO / 12 NOV 2013

A former US Army and Texas police officer is accused of leading a kidnapping gang captured by authorities in Mexico, the latest example of US military skills being utilized by…

Bolivia’s Gangs Growing Amid Rise in Domestic Crime

BOLIVIA / 12 NOV 2013

There are now 762 gangs operating in Bolivia, according to a new report, suggesting a rising domestic criminal presence in the key coca-producing and drug transit nation.

Cocaine Lab Hints of Shifting Criminal Dynamics in Argentina

ARGENTINA / 12 NOV 2013

A cocaine processing laboratory has been discovered in Argentina's Patagonia region, an illustration of the increasing spread of the drug trade in the country and the shifting dynamics of…

Court Docs Raise Questions about Mexico Sinaloa Cartel Narrative

EL CHAPO / 12 NOV 2013

Just as every major crime group has its myth and legend, every criminal case to take them down is built around a story. Few can claim such a well-crafted narrative…

Gang’s Stake in Argentina Soccer Player is Dire Sign

ARGENTINA / 11 NOV 2013

A court in Argentina has taken control of a soccer player's registration while it investigates if funds from any future transfer were destined for a drug gang, in a case…

Are Urabeños Looking to Control Routes through Spain?

COLOMBIA / 11 NOV 2013

An alleged leader of Colombia's major criminal gang, the Urabeños, has been captured in Spain, suggesting the expansionist group is attempting to set up international networks, further displacing its rivals,…

Following Tax Law, Criminals Flood Costa Rica Tobacco Market

CONTRABAND / 11 NOV 2013

Costa Rica has witnessed a five-fold rise in illegal cigarette seizures since 2012, suggesting illegal groups are capitalizing on a new tobacco law to flood the market with contraband products.

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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…