Archive: Feb 2014

Venezuela ‘Peace Zones’ Could Heighten Impunity: Expert

COLECTIVOS / 10 FEB 2014

Proposals by the Venezuelan government to form "peace zones" will just enhance the power of criminal gangs and the impunity they enjoy, according to a security expert, whose analysis, it…

Actor’s Death Opens Door to Rise in US-Mexico Tensions

HEROIN / 10 FEB 2014

Following the apparent heroin overdose of a famous actor, US officials say decreased cooperation from authorities in Mexico has allowed the heroin market to expand, a dubious claim related to…

Guatemala Massacre Points to Post-Zetas Scramble

GUATEMALA / 10 FEB 2014

Officials in Guatemala have connected a massacre of nine people in the northern state of Peten to "score settling" among drug traffickers, in what appears another manifestation of…

Mexico Joint Op Security Forces – Vigilantes Leads to Arrests, Questions

MEXICO / 10 FEB 2014

Mexico's so-called "self-defense" groups have participated in their first major joint operation with state security forces, making numerous arrests in the Michoacan capital of Apatzingan. Some vigilantes were unarmed, others…

Mexico’s Oil Reform May Help Organized Crime

GULF CARTEL / 10 FEB 2014

Mexico's landmark oil reform is poised to bring a flood of new companies into the nation's energy industry, adding a new set of targets for organized crime.

How Gold Trade Fuels Modern-Day Slavery in Peru

GOLD / 9 FEB 2014

Slave-like conditions, frequent accidents, disease and sexual exploitation are a normal part of the illegal gold mining trade in Peru, a gripping report by a watchdog group reveals.

Paraguay Weapons Seizure Shows Brazil Crime Presence

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 7 FEB 2014

Police in Paraguay have arrested three Brazilians after finding a cache of high-powered firearms, in a case highlighting both the migration of Brazil's criminals and Paraguay's importance as an arms…

Honduras Hails ‘Mano Dura’ Success as Prison Economy Flourishes

DRUG POLICY / 7 FEB 2014

Honduras' new government has lauded increased arrests and drug seizures under the new president's hardline security policy, although reports that the country's prisons generate $180 million in illegal annual earnings…

Mexico Vigilantes Financed by US Residents Amid Renewed Violence

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 7 FEB 2014

Mexico nationals living in the United States are helping fund the country's ever-growing self-defense militias, while recent gruesome murders indicate the internal armed conflict will not be calming down any…

UK and Colombia Calls for Drug Policy Reform Put Pressure on US

COLOMBIA / 7 FEB 2014

The United Kingdom's deputy prime minister has backed claims by Colombia's president that the so-called "war on drugs" is not working, a sentiment echoed throughout the Americas that may pressure…

How Agricultural Price Shocks Affect Mexico’s Drug Trade

INFOGRAPHICS / 7 FEB 2014

New research has focused on how the changing fortunes of Mexico's agricultural sector can instigate drug crop production and cartel activity, a valuable albeit imperfect addition to research into the…

Drug Transporting ‘Transformer Truck’ Found in Bolivia

BOLIVIA / 6 FEB 2014

Bolivian police have discovered a pickup truck smuggling cocaine in modified secret compartments operated by remote control, illustrating the continued ingenuity of drug traffickers in moving their product.

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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…