Archive: Apr 2015

Giuliani in Central America: a Response from Fundesa

GUATEMALA / 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…

Stalled Corruption Case in Dominican Republic Sparks Outrage

CARIBBEAN / 7 APR 2015

The recent acquittal of a senator accused of embezzling over $100 million has sparked protests in the Dominican Republic and a "crisis of faith" in the country's judiciary, according to…

Marijuana Reform Advances in Chile

CHILE / 7 APR 2015

A committee in Chile’s Congress has paved the way for partial marijuana legalization, following efforts to decriminalize personal consumption of the drug and allow for its medical use, all of…

Over 500 Street Gangs Terrorize Colombia’s Biggest Cities

COLOMBIA / 7 APR 2015

There are over 500 street gangs in Colombia's six biggest cities, according to information collected by local authorities, highlighting the scale of a security threat intrinsically linked to wider changes…

How Drug Traffickers Operate in Peru’s Amazon Region

BRAZIL / 7 APR 2015

Peru's anti-drug police have released new details on how drug trafficking groups are reportedly able to move up to 80 tons of cocaine annually through the Amazon region where the…

NAFTA, Free Trade and Mexico’s Drug War

MEXICO / 7 APR 2015

Without providing the slightest evidence, the habitual enemies of free trade have launched a new campaign of lies, insisting that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and “neoliberal” policies…

Do the Urabeños Have a Future Outside Colombia?

COLOMBIA / 6 APR 2015

Authorities have captured six alleged members of Colombian criminal group the Urabeños -- however, none of them are reportedly Colombian nationals, raising questions about the group's international reach and where…

Bolivia Prosecutors Sacked in Attempt to Clean up Judiciary

BOLIVIA / 6 APR 2015

Bolivia's firing of seven state prosecutors and a recent UN report lambasting corruption in the justice system highlights an institutional weakness that is increasing Bolivia's vulnerability to transnational organized crime.

How 100 Years of Failed Drug Policy Gave Rise to Mexico’s Cartels

MEXICO / 6 APR 2015

Many say Mexico's war on drugs began after former President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006, but a new book suggests that the genesis was prohibitive drug policies enacted by…

Six Ways a DTO Used a Miami Police Lieutenant

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC / 5 APR 2015

Former Miami Police Lieutenant Ralph Mata's involvement in drug and arms trafficking, as well as money laundering, shows just how important a high-ranking policeman can be to a drug trafficking…

Charges Against El Salvador Soccer Players Dismissed

EL SALVADOR / 3 APR 2015

An El Salvador judge has exonerated several former players from the country’s national soccer team of money laundering charges even though they apparently accepted money to fix matches, sending a…

FARC Rebels Top Player in Colombia Marijuana Trade?

COLOMBIA / 3 APR 2015

Authorities have attributed a multi-ton seizure of marijuana to the FARC's 6th Front, indications the Colombian rebel unit is prominently involved in trafficking this drug as well as cocaine, despite…

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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…