Archive: Feb 2015

How La Tuta’s Video Showmanship Set Him Apart in Mexico

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 27 FEB 2015

Knights Templar leader Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, who was arrested by Mexican authorities today, was renowned for his extensive and bombastic reliance on video recordings, behavior that differentiated him from…

Guatemala Drug Trafficker Waldemar Lorenzana May Have Alzheimer’s

EXTRADITION / 27 FEB 2015

The story of the precipitous fall of Guatemala's once-feared drug trafficker Waldemar Lorenzana may now include Alzheimer's.

Mexico Captures ‘La Tuta’ but Michoacan Struggles On

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 27 FEB 2015

The capture of yet another high-level target -- this time Servando Gomez, alias "La Tuta," the leader of the Knights Templar -- should be cause for celebration in Mexico, but…

Colombia’s Peace Talks and the Urabeños’ Exit Strategy

COLOMBIA / 27 FEB 2015

News that the captured "political chief" of the Urabeños had been seeking a peace process with the Colombian government is the latest sign that Colombia's leading criminal network is planning…

Honduras Property Registry Laundered Org Crime Cash

HONDURAS / 27 FEB 2015

A government audit of a property registry office in a city in northern Honduras has found the agency helped criminal groups launder money for years, in the latest blow to…

Prospect of Peace in Colombia Changing FARC Operations

FARC / 26 FEB 2015

A new report indicates Colombia's largest guerrilla group the FARC has changed its operations, likely with an eye towards a post-conflict scenario and possible political participation.

Argentina Judge Criticizes Federal Police’s Drugs Inaction

ARGENTINA / 26 FEB 2015

A federal judge in Argentina has criticized the effectiveness of federal police in the fight against drug trafficking in Buenos Aires, in a move that could exacerbate widespread fears that…

Jamaica Joins Ranks of LatAm Countries Decriminalizing Marijuana

CARIBBEAN / 26 FEB 2015

Jamaica has finally approved legislation to decriminalize marijuana possession and legalize its use for medicinal and scientific purposes, joining a growing number of countries to take steps towards liberalizing drug…

Images of Displacement in Honduras’ Most Violent City

DISPLACEMENT / 26 FEB 2015

It's Honduras' industrial capital and second most important city. Nevertheless, national and international organizations say it's among the most violent places in the world. …

Report Illustrates Dynamics of Colombia’s Domestic Drug Trade

COLOMBIA / 25 FEB 2015

A recent analysis on the relationship between local drug markets and violence and crime in Colombia illustrates the dynamics driving the domestic drug trade, and provides recommendations for comprehensive government…

Guatemala Nabs Art Thieves but Paintings Disappear into Black Market

GUATEMALA / 25 FEB 2015

Officials in Guatemala have captured two men accused of belonging to a criminal ring that stole a series of paintings by the artist Tomas de Merlo, offering a rare insight…

Colombia On Track for New Asset Seizure Record

COLOMBIA / 25 FEB 2015

Colombia has seized over $440 million in the first two months of 2015 as part of an aggressive program to confiscate criminal assets, putting the country on track for another…

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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…