Archive: May 2014

Low El Salvador Drug Seizures Point to Ongoing Impunity, Corruption

EL SALVADOR / 30 MAY 2014

Authorities in El Salvador have seized just 2.3 tons of cocaine over the past five years, a figure far lower than its Central American neighbors, reflecting a failure to effectively…

10 Ways Soccer and Organized Crime Mix in Latin America

MONEY LAUNDERING / 30 MAY 2014

Soccer has long been a unifying force in Latin America. When the World Cup begins on June 12, televisions in homes across the region will be tuned to the matches.

Limited Ceasefire Violations Suggest FARC Command Still in Control

COLOMBIA / 30 MAY 2014

The lack of major violations to the unilateral ceasefire declared by the FARC for Colombia's election season indicates the central command retains broad control over field units, but the unruly…

Murder Spike in Guerrero, Mexico Points to Criminal Power Struggle

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 30 MAY 2014

A spate of murders in Guerrero, Mexico appears to be linked to a power struggle between local gangs as criminal group Los Rojos experiences internal chaos, providing one illustration of…

Cocaine Seizures Surge Shows Puerto Rico’s Trafficking Importance

CARIBBEAN / 30 MAY 2014

Maritime antinarcotics authorities have seized over 17 tons of cocaine around Puerto Rico so far this year, a huge increase on past years indicative of the growing popularity of this…

Drug Trafficking Hits Costa Rica’s Export Business: Industry

COSTA RICA / 29 MAY 2014

Costa Rica's export sector is suffering profoundly from the effects of drug traffickers as the use of shipments of fresh produce to transport drugs overseas hits both the image and…

Brazil Cigarette Seizures Highlight Paraguay Contraband Trade

BRAZIL / 29 MAY 2014

Authorities in Brazil seized over eight million packs of contraband cigarettes in just one state in 2013, providing an indication of the size of the trade in black market tobacco…

How Federal Security Deployments in Mexico Are Set Up to Fail

MEXICO / 29 MAY 2014

The recent wave of killings that has made the state of Tamaulipas one of Mexico's main drug war battlefields has prompted plans to send in federal troops to try and…

Peru Anti Drug Chief Fired in Coca Eradication Policy U-Turn

COCA / 29 MAY 2014

The government in Peru has fired its anti-narcotics chief in a surprise move that could signal a return to the President's initial -- but rapidly abandoned --policy of seeking alternatives…

How El Salvador’s Security Ministry Dismantled Truce, Unleashed Mayhem

EL SALVADOR / 28 MAY 2014

Members of the government and mediators of El Salvador's gang truce attribute the recent increase in homicides to the fact that the security minister and the attorney general closed the…

Honduras Poll Indicates Support for New President’s Iron Fist Policies

HONDURAS / 28 MAY 2014

Honduras' new President Juan Orlando Hernandez garnered a 66 percent approval rating in a new CID/Gallup poll, indicating significant public support for a president whose election in late 2013 raised…

Spate of Killings Illustrates Sinaloa Cartel Presence in Honduras

HONDURAS / 28 MAY 2014

Reported infighting within Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel in Honduras has added to the bloodshed in San Pedro Sula, providing a grim demonstration of the group's notable presence in this Central American…

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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. …