Archive: Apr 2015

Colombia Averaged 13 Extortions per Day in 2014: Report

COLOMBIA / 15 APR 2015

A new report examining extortion in Colombia provides an illustration of the scope of the crime, revealing how the search for alternative revenue sources and changing criminal dynamics have led…

DEA Held Sex Parties, Received Guns from Colombia Paramilitaries: Report

AUC / 15 APR 2015

A recently released internal report reveals that DEA agents accepted guns from Colombian paramilitary groups and participated in numerous sex parties funded by drug cartels, turning what once appeared to…

Investigation into Peru Governor Illustrates Scope of Criminal Network

ELITES AND CRIME / 15 APR 2015

Over 400 people are under investigation for ties to a former Peru governor accused of murder and criminal conspiracy, highlighting the breadth of a criminal network that infiltrated nearly every…

Mexico Government Report Points to Ongoing Criminal Fragmentation

MEXICO / 15 APR 2015

A series of high-profile takedowns have ensured that the fragmentation of Mexico’s criminal groups has continued apace, with several of the largest groups now operating as little more…

Foreign Gangs Battling for Control of Buenos Aires Drug Trade

ARGENTINA / 14 APR 2015

A neighborhood in Buenos Aires has been caught in the crosshairs of a battle between Peruvian, Paraguayan, and Colombian drug gangs in an illustration of the impact a growing domestic…

Widening Panama Corruption Scandal Embroils Political Elite

ELITES AND CRIME / 14 APR 2015

A corruption probe into a welfare program in Panama now involves an ex-president, dozens of congressmen and several cabinet members -- yet also raises questions about the motives of an…

Murder of Two Political Elites Shakes Honduras

CACHIROS / 14 APR 2015

The cold-blooded double murder of a congressman and his father, himself a former high-court judge and aspiring president, has sent another round of shivers through Honduras' elites as the country…

PCC Faction Linked to Spate of Armed Robberies in Paraguay

BRAZIL / 14 APR 2015

Elements of Brazil's PCC prison gang appear to be behind a spike in criminal activity in eastern Paraguay, illustrating the criminal organization's use of the lawless border region to regroup…

Latin America’s Top 5 Alternative Drug Trafficking Methods

COLOMBIA / 13 APR 2015

The extreme risks and rewards of the drug trade have led to increasingly creative smuggling methods as criminal groups continually look for new ways to evade detection. InSight Crime counts…

Mexico Captures Sinaloa Cartel Head in Central America

GUATEMALA / 13 APR 2015

Authorities in Mexico have captured the head of the Sinaloa Cartel's Central American operations, likely provoking even greater upheaval in Honduras' criminal underworld. …

Mining Company Admits to Relationship with Mexico Organized Crime

ILLEGAL MINING / 13 APR 2015

The head of a Canadian mining company has admitted to interacting with Mexico criminal groups in order to facilitate mining operations, illustrating a common regional dynamic that is rarely discussed…

The Origins of Mexico’s Drug Violence: a Rebuttal

MEXICO / 13 APR 2015

As part of an ongoing debate about the relationship between free trade and Mexico's drug war, authors Mike Wallace and Carmen Boullosa* respond to a critique of their book "A Narco…

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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…