Archive: Feb 2014

Arrests of ‘El Mayo’ Associates Fuels ‘El Chapo’ Betrayal Suspicions

EL CHAPO / 20 FEB 2014

A wave of arrests of key associates of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada in Mexico suggests the net may finally be closing on the elusive kingpin and increases suspicions he may…

Ten Years of Violent Deaths in Guatemala

GUATEMALA / 20 FEB 2014

Guatemala lowered its rate of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants for the second consecutive year in 2013, according to data from the National Civil Police (PNC). But are the…

Capture of ‘El Chayo’ Brother Another Blow to Knights Templar

EL CHAYO / 19 FEB 2014

Two senior figures in Mexico's Knights Templar -- one of them the brother of the now semi-mythical figure of Michoacan drug lord El Chayo -- have been captured, dealing another blow…

Jamaica Anti-Gang Bill Approved by House Amid Controversy

CARIBBEAN / 19 FEB 2014

Jamaica has passed controversial new anti-gang legislation, which opponents fear will criminalize broad sectors of vulnerable youth, and even supporters admit will be of little use unless politicians sever…

Are Honduras Security Policies Behind Drops in Homicide, Extortion?

EXTORTION / 19 FEB 2014

Measures taken by Honduran authorities to combat crime are being credited for a declining trend in the homicide rate and a 75 percent reduction in extortion, though it remains to…

Guyana Call for Help Shows Limited Capacity to Combat Drug Threat

CARIBBEAN / 18 FEB 2014

Authorities in Guyana have called on international law enforcement bodies to assist them with investigations in the wake of a transnational drug bust, in a move demonstrating the country's limited…

Mexico’s Knights Templar Love Publicity, but Where Will It Get Them?

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 18 FEB 2014

A Mexican newspaper has published a photo gallery of the leaders of the Knights Templar, a drug cartel that, unlike others in Mexico, courts and thrives on publicity --…

Honduras Transport Extortion Generates $27 Mn Annually: Govt

EXTORTION / 18 FEB 2014

New government studies have revealed extortion of Honduras' transport sector earns criminal groups more than $27 million each year, highlighting the extent of a crime that pervades Central America.

Mexico Govt Focus on Michoacan Overshadows Guerrero Chaos

MEXICO / 18 FEB 2014

Mexico's Pacific coastal state of Guerrero is the site of escalating chaos, a problem partly hidden by the federal government's single-minded focus on the neighboring state of Michoacan.

Favela Battle Reveals Complexity of Rio’s Criminal Landscape

AMIGOS DOS AMIGOS / 18 FEB 2014

A battle for control of a favela between members of the Terceiro Comando Puro and Comando Vermelho offers a perfect illustration of the nature of criminal control and gang conflict…

Alleged FARC International Drug Contact Extradited from Guatemala

COLOMBIA / 18 FEB 2014

Guatemala has extradited a woman reported to have served as a link between Colombia's rebels and international drug trafficking organizations, suggesting that an individual FARC unit has developed its own…

US-Colombia Operation Uncovers FARC, ELN Links to Russian Mafia

COLOMBIA / 17 FEB 2014

A newspaper in Colombia has reported a drugs-for-guns arrangement involving the country's two main guerrilla organizations and the Russian Mafia, in a case which highlights both the close relationship between…

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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…