Archive: Feb 2014

Pure Third Command

BRAZIL / 2018-04-26 21:52:21

The Pure Third Command (Terceiro Comando Puro) is one of the most powerful criminal groups in Brazil’s second largest city, Rio de Janeiro. Its origins can be traced back to…

Argentina Admits It Has a Drug Problem

ARGENTINA / 17 FEB 2014

Argentina's defense minister has acknowledged the country is now a drug producer, an admission that underscores the increasing strength of the drug trade, as violence rises in major production and…

Spain Gunfight May Become Common As Colombians Get Access to Europe

COLOMBIA / 17 FEB 2014

A firefight in Spain between a criminal group from Colombia and African drug traffickers has led to twelve arrests, perhaps a flavor of things to come as Europe prepares to…

Study of 2010 Mexico Murder Trends Offers Important Policy Clues

HOMICIDES / 17 FEB 2014

A new report from a US political science professor examines the causes and impacts of murders in Mexico, arriving at a handful of new policy prescriptions.

Mexico City Marijuana Bill Comes Amid Regional Drug War Criticism

DRUG POLICY / 14 FEB 2014

Lawmakers in Mexico City have submitted proposed legislation that would decriminalize marijuana use in the capital, an initiative that has drawn praise from regional leaders but also raises questions about…

Spain Op Reveals Colombia-Led Money Laundering Network

EUROPE CRIME / 14 FEB 2014

Police in Spain have dismantled a transnational Colombia-led criminal network responsible for laundering around $7 million in drug money, underlining the European nation's strategic importance to Latin American groups for…

Early Removal of Guatemala Prosecutor Shows Power of Elites

ELITES AND CRIME / 14 FEB 2014

Guatemala's Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz is being prematurely pushed out of office, an illustration of the ability of the country's elites to manipulate the judicial system.

Argentina Narco-Clan Tactics Emulate Established Regional Groups

ARGENTINA / 14 FEB 2014

Death threats issued to journalists in Argentina by a drug gang in Mendoza follow an intimidation tactic used by major cartels throughout the region, indicating the methods of local groups…

Latin America’s Counterfeit Markets Aiding Organized Crime

CONTRABAND / 13 FEB 2014

Latin America is home to five of 11 countries identified by the United States as hotbeds of counterfeit and pirated goods -- a hugely profitable trade closely linked to organized…

Uribe Accusations Reminder of Narco Money in Colombia Politics

COLOMBIA / 13 FEB 2014

The emergence of allegations made by an incarcerated drug baron that he funded the political activities of Colombia's former President Alvaro Uribe comes as a timely reminder of the country's…

Journalist Account of Zetas’ Coercion Highlights Dangers to Mexico Media

MEXICO / 13 FEB 2014

A Mexican journalist forced to leave the country out of fear for her life has provided an account of how Tamaulipas media was coerced by the Zetas, detailing her experiences…

War for Cocaine Corridors Consumes Colombia’s Busiest Port

COLOMBIA / 13 FEB 2014

Residents of Buenaventura have become prisoners of war in the battle for Colombia's primary cocaine port. They are confined within invisible borders, silenced by macabre atrocities and live at the…

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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…