Archive: Feb 2014

Rise in Colombia Human Rights Murders Linked to Neo-Paramilitaries

COLOMBIA / 26 FEB 2014

A human rights watchdog in Colombia documented a rise in killings of human rights defenders in 2013 with paramilitaries the primary perpetrators, a development likely linked to continued push-back against…

Mexico Capture of ‘Gulf Cartel Founder’ Highlights Leadership Vacuum

GULF CARTEL / 26 FEB 2014

Authorities in Mexico have arrested a man they claim is a leader and founder of the Gulf Cartel, signaling another blow to a group that has already been weakened by…

Kidnap Cyber Crime Techniques Spread to Bolivia

BOLIVIA / 26 FEB 2014

Authorities in Bolivia have arrested a group of kidnappers that hacked computers to gain information on victims and demanded exorbitant ransoms, an unusual case in a country not known for…

Cracks Show in Michoacan Vigilantes’ Leadership

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 25 FEB 2014

Nearly a year after the vigilante movement arose in Michoacan, Mexico, the militias are now suffering divisions over the thorny issue of the integration of former Knights Templar members into…

LatAm Drug Groups Entering ‘Second Stage’ in Middle East: NGO

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 25 FEB 2014

Organized criminal groups from Latin America are becoming increasingly entrenched in both the Middle East and Asia, a trend which has developed as their presence has grown in Africa, according…

Rise In Costa Rica Drug Seizures Indicates Increased Transit

COSTA RICA / 25 FEB 2014

Costa Rica drug seizures increased in 2013, but the number of drug-related arrests decreased, a dynamic officials say could point to increasingly large drug shipments being moved through this rising…

Massive Liquid Cocaine Haul Points to Growth of Processing in Chile

BOLIVIA / 25 FEB 2014

Authorities in Chile have intercepted 500 liters of liquid cocaine from Bolivia allegedly destined to be converted to powder form in sophisticated drug laboratories in the country's capital, Santiago, signaling…

Jamaica to Become Latest LatAm Nation to Decriminalize Marijuana

CARIBBEAN / 25 FEB 2014

Jamaica plans to decriminalize marijuana before the end of the year, bringing it in line with many of its Latin American neighbors, but raising the question of what effect this…

Mexico Unlikely to Grant US Extradition Request for ‘El Chapo’

EL CHAPO / 24 FEB 2014

A US possible extradition request for captured kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman may soon be arriving on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's desk. But with US-Mexico relations chilly, extraditions falling…

Disjointed Land, Sea Interdiction Shows Political Nature of US Drug Policy

CARIBBEAN / 24 FEB 2014

While the United States is increasingly protecting its land borders from drug traffickers with robot technology, coast guard cutbacks are leaving sea lanes unprotected, illustrating the disjointed political nature of…

Concern Grows Over Argentina Microtrafficking, Drug Violence

ARGENTINA / 24 FEB 2014

Officials in Argentina have expressed concern over high levels of drug consumption and rising drug violence in the north and central regions, as the country's local markets continue to flourish…

End of Celebrity Capos in Mexico Means Govt Can Get to Work

EL CHAPO / 23 FEB 2014

The arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Mazatlan -- whose outsized legend hogged the limelight and resources -- means the government can get down to the real business of…

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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…