Archive: Apr 2015

Textiles and Organized Crime: How Everyday Products Turn Criminal Profits

ARGENTINA / 30 APR 2015

Two recent cases from opposite ends of South America show how criminal activities as diverse as contraband smuggling and human trafficking converge around one simple everyday product: textiles.

Colombia Disbands Transnational Synthetic Drug Ring

COLOMBIA / 30 APR 2015

Authorities in Colombia and the United States have broken up a synthetic drug trafficking network that reportedly supplied six countries in the region, indicating transnational criminal groups are beginning to…

How the Scandal that Rocked Guatemala Threatens the Presidency

CIACS / 30 APR 2015

Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti have come under intense scrutiny for their potential links to one of the country's biggest corruption scandals in recent years.

Mexico’s Contraband Seizures Point to Persistent Problem at Ports

CONTRABAND / 30 APR 2015

Data on seizures by customs officials at Mexico’s ports of entry over the last decade illustrates where organized crime prefers to smuggle goods into and out of the country, and…

Costa Rica Dismantles Drug Trafficking Network

COSTA RICA / 29 APR 2015

Costa Rica's authorities have arrested over a dozen alleged members of a drug trafficking network that officials say has contributed to rising violence, but the country's criminal dynamics indicate other…

Bahamas Gets US Help to Combat Human Trafficking

CARIBBEAN / 29 APR 2015

The United States and the Bahamas have signed an agreement to facilitate combating transnational criminal activity on the islands, including the horrific crime of human trafficking. …

El Salvador Proposes First Ever Gang Rehabilitation Law

BARRIO 18 / 29 APR 2015

El Salvador's government is proposing a law that would be the first of its kind, offering support to gang members who elect to leave. …

Colombia Launches New BACRIM Offensive

COLOMBIA / 29 APR 2015

President Juan Manuel Santos announced a new security plan intended to further disrupt the operations of Colombia's already weakened criminal organizations, further indication that a demobilization process involving these groups…

Drug Gangs Battle for Peru’s Chief Seaport

PERU / 28 APR 2015

Criminal networks are reportedly feuding for control of Peru's principal seaport, a key hub in the transnational drug and contraband trade. …

Colombia Illegal Car Trade Worth $3.9 Billion

COLOMBIA / 28 APR 2015

Half of all car parts sold in Colombia come from stolen vehicles, and that's just one segment of a transnational black market trade worth billions of dollars.

How Soccer Fans and Violence Mix in Sao Paulo, Brazil

BRAZIL / 28 APR 2015

Among soccer fans worldwide, Argentina's "barras bravas," Italian "ultras," and British hooligans are the fan groups best known for perpetrating violence. However, soccer aficionados know that Brazil's Torcidas Organizadas (organized…

‘El Salvador Gang Members Flee to Honduras, Guatemala’

BARRIO 18 / 28 APR 2015

A small number of Salvadoran gang members have reportedly elected to set up operations in neighboring Central American countries, in order to escape violent clashes back home. …

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12 FEB 2021

InSight Crime is looking for a full-time strategic communications manager. This person needs to be able to work in a fast-paced world of daily news, high-profile investigations, national and international…

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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…

ANALYSIS

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. …