Archive: Feb 2015

Tijuana Cartel Resurgent in Mexico: Official

MEXICO / 13 FEB 2015

Mexico's Tijuana Cartel is reportedly marshaling its forces in an attempt to gain back some of its lost glory, according to one security official, providing a look at the current…

Cuernavaca Now Mexico’s ‘Most Dangerous City’

HOMICIDES / 12 FEB 2015

Cuernavaca has overtaken Acapulco as Mexico's most dangerous city, according to an annual report from a Mexican NGO, indication that while homicide rates overall are trending downwards in Mexico,  certain…

Costa Rica Busts Drug Trafficking Ring

COSTA RICA / 12 FEB 2015

The recent bust of a cocaine trafficking ring in Costa Rica highlights how smaller, independent operators are moving into the transnational drug trade, as the Central American country remains an…

Murder of Venezuela Congressman in the Name of Love, Not Politics?

VENEZUELA / 12 FEB 2015

A new report on the death of a prominent Venezuelan congressman suggests his murder may have been a crime of passion, painting a very different picture of the politician than the…

Tracing Heroin Trafficking in New Mexico

HEROIN / 12 FEB 2015

Mexican cartels are flooding the United States with heroin and opiates to keep pace with rising demand. InSight Crime takes a look at the trafficking and distribution of these drugs in…

Mexican Military Accused of Sexual Abuse

HUMAN RIGHTS / 12 FEB 2015

Accusations of sexual abuse have been levied against the Mexican military, already under the spotlight for human rights abuses and which plays a significant role in Mexico's struggle…

Costa Rica Tackles International Arms Trafficking Ring

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 11 FEB 2015

Costa Rican authorities have conducted a series of raid against what they believe is an international arms trafficking ring with links to Mexico, Colombia and Panama.

Venezuela Drug Trafficker Turned Informant Sentenced: Lightly

ELITES AND CRIME / 11 FEB 2015

Notorious Venezuela drug trafficker Walid Makled has been sentenced to 14 years in prison but absolved of several crimes in what is a surprisingly lenient verdict considering both the charges…

Mexico Poppy Production Feeds Growing US Heroin Demand

HEROIN / 11 FEB 2015

As criminal groups in Mexico rush to meet the growing demand for heroin in the United States, InSight Crime looks at the production chain from poppy farms to heroin laboratories.

Alleged Texis Cartel Member Convicted, But Not for Drug Trafficking

EL SALVADOR / 11 FEB 2015

An El Salvador court has finally convicted a businessman linked to criminal network the Texis Cartel on arms charges, but authorities appear no closer to the group's drug and money…

Why Are Mexico Cocaine Seizures Falling?

COCAINE / 10 FEB 2015

Mexico's armed forces seized just over one ton of cocaine in 2014, a three-fold reduction from the year before, highlighting surprisingly low interdiction rates given the country’s strategic importance in…

Dominican Narco Alleges Ex-President Took Drug Money

CARIBBEAN / 10 FEB 2015

One of the Dominican Republic's most notorious drug traffickers has claimed he financed the political campaigns of former president Leonel Fernandez in new revelations that go to the heart of…

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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…