Archive: Feb 2014

‘Chapo’ Guzman Capture Provides Glimpse of Mexico’s Past, Future

EL CHAPO / 23 FEB 2014

The dramatic capture of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman is the end of an era for Mexico’s underworld. The new normal may be an increasingly chaotic criminal terrain, and, facing a…

World’s Most Wanted, “Chapo” Guzman, Caught in Mexico

EL CHAPO / 22 FEB 2014

The world's most wanted criminal and prolific drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, has been captured at a beach resort in Mazatlan, calling into question the future of Mexico's most…

‘Chepe Luna,’ the Police and the Art of Escape

CHEPE LUNA / 21 FEB 2014

The United States -- which through its antinarcotics, judicial and police attaches was very familiar with the routes used for smuggling, and especially those used for people trafficking and understood…

Dominican Republic Police Corruption Sign of Booming Drug Market

CARIBBEAN / 21 FEB 2014

Anti-drugs police in the Dominican Republic have revealed how a micro-trafficking network paid local cops over $100,000 in bribes each month, showing how the domestic drug market is spawning ever…

Veracruz Dismisses 1,000s of Police in Attempt to Break Zetas Ties

MEXICO / 21 FEB 2014

During the past three years the state of Veracruz in Mexico has removed 3,500 police officers from duty, a result of extensive efforts to destroy deep running ties between police…

Bulgarians Use Dakar Rally Truck to Smuggle Cocaine from Chile

CHILE / 21 FEB 2014

Police in France have seized over a ton of cocaine smuggled from Chile in a Dakar rally vehicle by an international ring apparently led by Bulgarians, in another sign that…

Are Colombia Paramilitaries to Blame for Venezuela Civil Unrest?

COLOMBIA / 21 FEB 2014

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has blamed civil unrest in the border region on Colombian paramilitaries and drug traffickers, a claim that makes little sense even though he is correct such…

The Infiltrators: Corruption in El Salvador’s Police

CHEPE LUNA / 21 FEB 2014

Ricardo Mauricio Menesses Orellana liked horses, and the Pasaquina rodeo was a great opportunity to enjoy a party. He was joined at the event -- which was taking place in the…

Phone Recording Reveals Tactics of Colombia Prison Extortionists

COLOMBIA / 20 FEB 2014

A recording made by a journalist in Colombia of a phone call with prison based extortionists shows how these criminals sometimes use trickery rather than physical threats to convince victims to…

Argentina Case Highlights Growing Sophistication of Domestic Gangs

ARGENTINA / 20 FEB 2014

The prosecution of 35 members of the Rosario-based Los Monos drug gang has provided an inside look at a sophisticated operation that has infiltrated state structures and appears to be…

Nicaragua Timber Trafficking Devastates CentAm’s Largest Forest Reserve

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 20 FEB 2014

Authorities in Nicaragua seized over 1,400 cubic meters of timber harvested illegally from a northern forest reserve in 2013 -- likely just a fraction of what was extracted by illegal…

Did Ecuador Cocaine Seizure Belong to Mexico’s Familia Michoacana?

ECUADOR / 20 FEB 2014

Authorities in Ecuador say two large cocaine seizures off the country's coast belonged to Mexico's Familia Michoacana. However, the fact they are basing this assertion on generic packaging logos, coupled…

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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…