Archive: Feb 2015

Peru Targets Drug Flights With No-Fly Zone

PERU / 5 FEB 2015

Peru’s government has announced the creation of a no-fly zone in the coca producing VRAEM region, in an effort to curb drug flights in one of South America’s most important…

Drug Trafficking Drives Spike in Costa Rica Homicides

COSTA RICA / 5 FEB 2015

In 2014, Costa Rica registered its highest number of homicides in three years, a phenomenon authorities attribute to disputes between rival drug trafficking groups as the country's importance as a…

Is the Government Manipulating Kidnap Statistics in Mexico?

INFOGRAPHICS / 5 FEB 2015

According to numbers kept by Mexico's government, abductions dropped 17 percent last year, although the numbers kept by a kidnapping watchdog group say otherwise.  …

MS13, Barrio 18 Rivalry Increasing Violence in Guatemala: President

BARRIO 18 / 4 FEB 2015

Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina blamed high levels of violence in January on rivalries between street gangs MS13 and Barrio 18, revealing the impact of these groups not just in…

Testimonies Suggest Mexico Military Cover-up in Killing of 22

HUMAN RIGHTS / 4 FEB 2015

Declarations in the case of a June incident in Mexico that left 22 dead suggest that high-level military officials were aware of the situation and may have even ordered a…

US Continues Shift in Security Priorities With Aid Package to CentrAm

CARSI / 4 FEB 2015

The US State Department has allocated most of its $1 billion request for aid to Central America towards development assistance, a further shift from the US' previously militaristic approach to…

What Makes Salvador Brazil’s Most Violent City

BRAZIL / 4 FEB 2015

Brazil's most violent major city, the colonial metropolis of Salvador de Bahia on the country's northern coast, has been hit by an influx of organized crime and drugs over the…

‘Colombia Narcos Prefer Trafficking Coca Base, Not Cocaine’

COCA / 4 FEB 2015

Smuggling coca base from Colombia to Central American countries like Honduras -- rather than powder cocaine -- may now be traffickers' preferred method of moving the drug northwards, highlighting the…

Alleged Head of Honduras Drug Cartel in US Custody

CACHIROS / 3 FEB 2015

The alleged leader of one of Honduras' largest drug trafficking groups, the Cachiros, is in US custody, which may spell trouble for some high-level Honduran politicians and business elites with…

Guatemala to Install Anti-Drug Flight Radar

GUATEMALA / 3 FEB 2015

Guatemala's plans to install anti-drug flight radar could further increase drug traffickers' heavy reliance on maritime routes.

Why Success of Mexico’s Oil Security Plan May Not Matter

GULF CARTEL / 3 FEB 2015

A Wilson Center report says Mexico's efforts to improve security in two states containing major oil and gas reserves may yield only short-term results and primarily benefit foreign business, while…

Is Mayor’s Wife ‘Chief’ of Guerreros Unidos Criminal Group?

ELITES AND CRIME / 3 FEB 2015

Mexico's attorney general has identified Maria de los Angeles Pineda, the wife of the former Iguala mayor and a possible accomplice in the disappearance of 43 students, as one 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…