Archive: Feb 2015

Colombia Captures Top Gasoline Smuggler

COLOMBIA / 20 FEB 2015

Police in Colombia have captured the so-called "fuel czar," the leader of a contraband smuggling operation along the border with Venezuela, in what could signal an effort to reduce the…

Latin America’s Top 5 Prison Breaks

EL CHAPO / 20 FEB 2015

From seducing guards in Brazil to escaping from impenetrable fortresses in Mexico dressed in drag, prison breaks in Latin America are sometimes even more bizarre than their fictional counterparts. InSight…

Is Venezuela’s ‘Economic War’ Giving Organized Crime a Free Pass?

SECURITY POLICY / 20 FEB 2015

Venezuela has initiated an offensive against the country's business sector in the face of widespread shortages, but its so-called "economic war" could further destabilize a perilous security situation by focusing…

‘We’re At War’ With Gangs: El Salvador Police Official

BARRIO 18 / 19 FEB 2015

A top police official in El Salvador has advocated an aggressive stance against street gangs, but these hardline security policies will likely only increase violence in the short term.

Dominican Republic Drags Feet on Investigating Narco’s Claims

CARIBBEAN / 19 FEB 2015

The Dominican Republic Attorney General's Office said there are no plans to investigate allegations that a convicted drug trafficker financed the campaign of a former president, the latest chapter in…

With Cell Phones Blocked, Guatemala Inmates Write Notes

EXTORTION / 19 FEB 2015

In response to blocked cell phone service, inmates in several Guatemalan prisons have begun using handwritten notes to demand extortion payments from businesses and transportation companies, a reflection of Guatemala’s…

What Brazil Prison Gang Tattoos Mean

BRAZIL / 19 FEB 2015

A captain in Brazil's military police force says he has decoded the meaning behind some common tattoos seen in the country's prisons, an example of the kind of coded meanings…

Forensics Reveal Mexico’s Credibility Gap in Missing Students Case

AYOTZINAPA / 19 FEB 2015

Mexico’s conspicuous effort to incorporate foreign forensic teams into its investigation of the Iguala mass kidnapping seems aimed at giving the inquiry a dose of credibility. But it may have…

Will Pemex’s Plan to Fight Mexico Oil Thieves Work?

MEXICO / 18 FEB 2015

Mexico’s state oil company Pemex has announced it will cease transporting fully refined gasoline and diesel fuel through its pipelines, a novel approach intended to combat pervasive oil theft, but…

El Salvador to Seize Assets of Perrones Criminal Network

EL SALVADOR / 18 FEB 2015

A couple convicted of money laundering are set to be the first members of Salvadoran drug trafficking group the Perrones to have their assets seized, as authorities step up their…

Arms Trafficking Through Mexico City Airport on the Rise

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 18 FEB 2015

Seizures of munitions trafficked through Mexico City airport grew nearly 600 percent in two years, according to new data that highlights the airport's role in a crime more commonly associated…

Why Is Mexico Rejecting UN Findings on Disappearances?

HUMAN RIGHTS / 18 FEB 2015

Mexico has refuted the findings of a United Nations committee on the country's enforced disappearances while welcoming input from a regional human rights body, raising questions about why the government…

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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…