Archive: Feb 2014

Authorities Suspect Mass Complicity of Peru Exporters in Illegal Gold Mining

GOLD / 13 FEB 2014

Authorities in Peru suspect half of all the country's gold exporters have connections to illegal gold mining, demonstrating just how entwined the legal and illegal Peruvian gold markets have become.

Insecurity Fuels Honduras Illegal Gun Ownership of Over 1 Mn

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 13 FEB 2014

Two thirds of the 1.8 million guns in Honduras are reportedly circulating illegally, with the country's geography and high perceptions of insecurity fueling gun ownership.

Michoacan, Guerrero and Mexico’s Mixed Response to Vigilantes

MEXICO / 13 FEB 2014

The reach of southwestern Mexico's self-defense militias has swelled in recent weeks, but while in some parts of the country they have been aided by federal forces, in others they…

‘Chance’ Meeting Raises More Questions about Mexico Vigilantes

MEXICO / 12 FEB 2014

A meeting between a senior government official and a leading member of Mexico's self-defense militias in Michoacan has put both sides on the defensive after details emerged of the vigilante…

US, Italy Arrests Show Cocaine Trade’s Evolution

EUROPE CRIME / 12 FEB 2014

A billion dollar drug smuggling operation linked to the Italian mafia and dismantled by authorities in the United States and Italy had established a route between Guyana and the United…

Extent of Mexico Human Trafficking Obscured by Lack of Info

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / 12 FEB 2014

A four-year analysis of human trafficking in Mexico by the National Citizen Observatory has found persistently high levels of impunity for the crime, demonstrating how incomplete and contradictory official information…

Meth Sting Shows Role of LatAm Groups in Australia Drug Trade

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 12 FEB 2014

Five Colombians have been arrested for attempting to import 60 kilos of Mexican methamphetamine into Australia via the United States, in a case which raises questions about which Latin American…

Paraguay Cocaine Lab Bust Latest Example of Criminal Migration

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 12 FEB 2014

Authorities in Paraguay have highlighted the growing use of the country for cocaine processing, further evidence of the migration of drug production seen throughout the region.

Will Venezuela’s Citizen Security Reform Continue Despite Re-militarization?

SECURITY POLICY / 12 FEB 2014

January saw an accentuation of the progressive remilitarization of citizen security under the Maduro government, with military officers placed at the head of the National Security University (UNES) and the National Police…

Airport Controls Unlikely to Stem Flow of Illegal Gold From Peru

GOLD / 11 FEB 2014

Special security teams tasked with catching contraband gold smuggling will be placed in five airports in Peru, though the efficiency of gold laundering inside the country means the…

Honduras Cocaine Lab Points to Production Migration

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 11 FEB 2014

An apparent cocaine factory discovered in Honduras by police was partially destroyed after the site was left unguarded. The laboratory may indicate cocaine production is moving north, while its destruction…

Armed Groups Make Valle del Cauca Colombia’s Violence Capital

COLOMBIA / 11 FEB 2014

Colombia's ombudsman's office has warned how guerrilla militias and narco-paramilitary groups have made the department of Valle del Cauca and its capital Cali the epicenter of Colombian organized crime and…

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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…