Archive: Apr 2015

Amid Rising Violence Rio Continues to Implement Pacification Program

BRAZIL / 13 APR 2015

Outbreaks of violence in one of Rio de Janeiro's major favelas are raising questions about the long-term effectiveness of Brazil's controversial pacification program, even as plans to expand the program…

Dozens of Honduras Mayors Under Investigation for Criminal Ties

ELITES AND CRIME / 10 APR 2015

Authorities in Honduras are investigating more than 30 local politicians for alleged ties to organized crime and drug trafficking. If narco-politics scandals in other parts of Latin America are any…

95 Percent of Suspects Freed After Arrest: Peru Minister

PERU / 10 APR 2015

Officials in Peru have expressed concern about the lack of incarceration for suspected criminals after the Interior Minister revealed that fewer than five percent of those arrested end up in…

Can Ecuador’s Virtual Currency Deter Money Laundering?

CYBERCRIME / 10 APR 2015

As Ecuador rolls out a cellphone-based digital currency in the coming months, a potential boon for 40 percent of the population without bank accounts, questions remain as to whether it…

Who Runs Mexico’s Jalisco Cartel and Los Cuinis?

EL MENCHO / 9 APR 2015

The US Treasury Department has designated a little-known Mexican drug cartel to the Kingpin list, due to its alliance with the ascendant Jalisco Cartel. However, Mexican media reports suggest the…

ICE Raids Suggest Mexican Organized Crime Expanding Reach into US

BARRIO AZTECA / 9 APR 2015

US authorities have arrested nearly 1000 gang members in a nationwide sweep called "Project Wildfire," amid evidence that the gangs have links to Mexican drug cartels which could indicate the…

Ecuador Lt Col. Arrested in 2 Tn Cocaine Bust

COCAINE / 9 APR 2015

Authorities in Ecuador arrested 11 suspected drug traffickers -- including an active lieutenant colonel -- and seized nearly two tons of cocaine destined for Europe, in the latest indication of…

How El Salvador’s Gang Truce Redefined the Geography of Violence

BARRIO 18 / 9 APR 2015

Homicide levels in El Salvador have slowly increased since the middle of 2013 and have reached levels similar to those of 2011. The country's gang truce is dead and President…

MS13 Launches Police Assassination Campaign in El Salvador

EL SALVADOR / 9 APR 2015

Recent police killings and reports of a gang assassination campaign targeting law enforcement in El Salvador indicate that the country's security situation has devolved into low intensity warfare between…

Guerreros Unidos

The Guerreros Unidos are a splinter group of the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) based in central Mexico. The group is dedicated mainly to extortion and kidnapping, but also…

Bloody Attack on Police in Mexico Raises Jalisco Cartel’s Profile

EL MENCHO / 8 APR 2015

Mexico's Jalisco Cartel has reportedly killed 15 police officers in the Pacific state of Jalisco, a brazen act of violence that will most likely draw the wrath of security forces…

Giuliani in Central America: a Rebuttal to Fundesa’s Response

EL SALVADOR / 8 APR 2015

On March 18, InSight Crime published an article analyzing the implications of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's consultancy work in Central America. Juan Zapata, the Executive Director 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…