Archive: 2014

Mexico Vigilantes Back in Action – Why Now?

MEXICO / 15 DEC 2014

Vigilantes in Michoacan, Mexico recently set up blockades in nine municipalities to protest government inaction and call for the dissolution of the state-mandated force created earlier this year, raising questions…

Amid Growing Violence, Venezuelans Take Extreme Security Measures

HOMICIDES / 15 DEC 2014

In the first two weeks of December, Venezuela's capital city registered over 200 deaths in what is shaping up to be a year of record homicides as wealthier residents react…

How Poor Controls Facilitate Peru’s Illegal Logging

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 15 DEC 2014

As the United Nations climate change conference wraps up in Lima, one newspaper in Peru has given a breakdown of how faulty controls facilitate the country's illegal timber trade --…

How Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Fed US Heroin Market

HEROIN / 15 DEC 2014

The Sinaloa Cartel has taken control of New York’s heroin market, replacing Colombian and Asian groups as the principal supplier of the drug, according to an investigation by the Dromomanos collective, winner…

German Guns in Mexico and the 5 Levels of Police Collusion

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 12 DEC 2014

A newspaper in Germany reported that 36 German guns were seized from the municipal police in Iguala, Mexico following the September disappearance of 43 student protesters, illustrating the deep ties…

Venezuela Shoots Down Planes, Mexico Asks Questions

MEXICO / 12 DEC 2014

Two Mexican aircraft -- one of which was suspected of transiting illicit drugs -- were shot down in Venezuela for reportedly illegally entering the country's airspace, underscoring the potential dangers…

Career of Paraguay Crime Boss Highlights LatAm’s Changing Drug Trade

BRAZIL / 12 DEC 2014

Criminal groups in Latin America's Southern Cone are increasingly focused on feeding the region's domestic market for drugs, rather than exporting cocaine overseas. Up until now, Paraguay's prominent drug traffickers…

Violence Prevention Report Contains Key Lessons for Latin America

SECURITY POLICY / 12 DEC 2014

A new report into global violence published by the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) makes an argument for Latin America moving beyond targeting criminal networks if it…

El Salvador Survey Highlights Opposition to Gang Negotiations

EL SALVADOR / 11 DEC 2014

A survey in El Salvador revealed both overwhelming opposition to gang negotiations and mixed feelings about the country's police force, a snapshot of public perceptions of security in one of…

Mexico Official Cautions Against Amnesty for Vigilantes

MEXICO / 11 DEC 2014

As plans to pass an amnesty law for Michoacan's self-defense forces move forward in Mexico, the state's security commissioner warned that more investigations are needed to prevent criminals from taking…

Jamaicans Run Trinidad and Tobago Drug Networks: Report

CARIBBEAN / 11 DEC 2014

Media in Trinidad and Tobago say they have obtained a secret intelligence report detailing how Jamaicans have set up extensive drug trafficking networks on the islands. However, with the report…

Report Finds Gaps in Guatemala State Contract Database

ELITES AND CRIME / 11 DEC 2014

A report on Guatemala's registry of state contracts has identified several major issues that have dampened the effectiveness of what could be a powerful tool to fight corruption through improved…

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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. …