Archive: Nov 2013

Chepe Handal

6 NOV 2013

Political hopeful Jose Miguel Handal Perez, alias “Chepe Handal,” may have failed in multiple attempts to run for office in Honduras, but he has managed to remain in the…

Drug Trafficking Conviction Underlines US Border Corruption

US/MEXICO BORDER / 6 NOV 2013

A US Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for providing information that helped traffickers move drugs into the United States from Mexico, in a case…

What Role Do Mexico Cartels Play in Argentina Drug Violence?

ARGENTINA / 6 NOV 2013

Argentina is now a key source of precursor chemicals for Mexican cartels, raising the question as to whether these transnational drug trafficking organizations are fuelling rising violence and intimidation in…

Why São Paulo’s Crackdown on PCC Will Face Problems

BRAZIL / 6 NOV 2013

São Paulo's state government is rolling out new measures to combat Brazil's PCC prison gang, but there are reasons to doubt the group can be thwarted.

Peru ‘Narco-Pardons’ Investigation Inches Closer to Ex-President

PERU / 5 NOV 2013

Peru's anti-corruption "mega-commission" has urged the country's attorney general to investigate former President Alan Garcia over his personal involvement in pardons handed out to drug traffickers as the "narco-pardons" scandal…

Corruption in El Salvador: Top Police Officials Used ‘Fake’ Qualifications

EL SALVADOR / 5 NOV 2013

El Salvador authorities knew 15 top police officials had allegedly used false qualifications to move up to career ladder but did nothing about it, highlighting the entrenched corruption and impunity…

Can Mexico Break Knights Templar’s Hold on Michoacan Port?

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 5 NOV 2013

The Mexican government has ordered federal troops to seize control of the Pacific coast port and Knights Templar stronghold Lazaro Cardenas, illustrating the difficulty authorities face fighting a criminal organization…

Investigations Show Reach of BACRIM in Colombia

COLOMBIA / 5 NOV 2013

Prosecutors in Colombia are investigating over 200 public officials for ties to the criminal organizations known as the BACRIM, illustrating how these paramilitary successor groups have continued their predecessors' reliance…

Sinaloa Cartel

MEXICO / 2019-03-29

The Sinaloa Cartel, often described as the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization in the Western Hemisphere, is an alliance of some of Mexico's top capos. The coalition's members…

Honduras Police Chief Interview Reveals US Dilemma

HONDURAS / 5 NOV 2013

A revealing interview with Honduras' police chief has illustrated the bind the United States finds itself in when fighting the drug trade in collaboration with Latin American governments and institutions,…

Who Turned Out the Lights on Michoacan, Mexico?

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 5 NOV 2013

A series of violent confrontations and seemingly indiscriminate attacks on local infrastructure has provoked questions about the governability of the western Mexican state of Michoacan, and has some politicians…

Investigations, Delays in Ecuador Police Reform

ECUADOR / 4 NOV 2013

More than 400 Ecuadorean police officers have been detained for suspected criminal activity, as attempts to reform chronically corrupt law enforcement continue across the region, with very mixed results.

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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…