Archive: Aug 2014

Brazil Busts Group Responsible for Mass Deforestation in Amazon

BRAZIL / 29 AUG 2014

Authorities in Brazil have dismantled a criminal network they claim is the principal organization profiting from the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon, in a rare victory against the widespread impunity enjoyed…

Evidence Points to Sinaloa Cartel Behind Multi-ton Peru Cocaine Haul

ELITES AND CRIME / 29 AUG 2014

Officials in Peru have said the two companies whose shipments of coal were found to contain tons of cocaine earlier this week were set up as fronts by Mexican drug…

Is Pablo Escobar Treasure Hunt Linked to Hitman’s Early Release?

COLOMBIA / 29 AUG 2014

Reports of armed men seeking a buried chest belonging to Pablo Escobar in Medellin, Colombia have sparked speculation of a criminal treasure hunt linked to the early release from prison…

Colombia Arrests Show Criminal-Political Ties Die Hard

AUC / 28 AUG 2014

Thirty-two public figures, including former and current politicians, have been arrested in Colombia's northwestern Uraba region for ties to paramilitaries, in a case highlighting the continued specter of political-criminal ties.

Honduras Moves to Sell Extradited Drug Trafficker’s Properties

HONDURAS / 28 AUG 2014

Authorities in Honduras are preparing to sell off extradited drug trafficker Carlos "El Negro" Lobo's properties, another step in criminal proceedings that have moved unusually fast and serve as an…

Criminal Attack Isolates Towns in Security-Challenged Guerrero, Mexico

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 28 AUG 2014

Public transportation connecting the mountain region with the center of Mexico's Guerrero state has been suspended after a criminal group detained several vehicles, underscoring the security challenges faced by the…

How MS13 and Barrio 18 are Extending Their Reach to Nicaragua

BARRIO 18 / 28 AUG 2014

Young people in Nicaragua who migrate to Honduras and El Salvador for work have been influenced by powerful street gangs MS13 and Barrio 18, leading to the development of local…

Is ‘El Azul’ Dead? Sinaloa Capo’s Son Adds to Mexico’s New Narco-Conspiracy

EL AZUL / 28 AUG 2014

The captured son of Sinaloa Cartel leader "El Azul" has testified his father is dead, but his statement is unlikely to stamp out rumors the drug lord is still alive…

Guatemala Arms, Explosives Seizures Point to Gang Sophistication

BARRIO 18 / 28 AUG 2014

Authorities in Guatemala have seized an extensive weapons cache and remotely operated explosives belonging to the country's "mara" street gangs, in an indication these groups are growing in…

Guatemala Asset Seizures a Key Tool, But Implementation Tough

GUATEMALA / 27 AUG 2014

Asset seizure laws can be an excellent way to attack the economic power base of organized crime groups, but in Guatemala -- and other countries in the region -- a…

Pablo Escobar’s Killer-in-Chief Gets Early Prison Release in Colombia

COLOMBIA / 27 AUG 2014

The former head of the Medellin Cartel's hitman network has been released from prison, raising questions as to whether a man who is one of the most feared and blood-stained…

3.5 Tn Peru Cocaine Seizure Tied to Mexicans, Destined for Europe

COCAINE / 27 AUG 2014

Authorities in Peru have discovered at least 3.5 tons of cocaine that police say was destined to be shipped from the Pacific coast to Europe by Mexican groups, highlighting…

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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. …