Archive: Apr 2015

Organized Crime Exacerbates Food Shortages in Venezuela

CONTRABAND / 3 APR 2015

When subsidized products become available at supermarkets in Venezuela, networks of foot soldiers called “bachaqueros” swoop in and empty shelves of goods to then sell for huge markups on the…

Guatemala Extradites Zetas Leader to Mexico

EXTRADITION / 3 APR 2015

Guatemala's authorities have extradited a founding member of the Mexican criminal organization the Zetas back to his homeland, the man who led the criminal group's incursion into this Central American…

El Salvador Sees Most Violent Month in 10 Years

EL SALVADOR / 2 APR 2015

El Salvador reported more homicides in March than in any other month over the past 10 years, a high-water mark for violence in an evolving criminal dynamic that is taking…

The Drug Traffickers Who Pay Taxes in Sinaloa, Mexico

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 2 APR 2015

Some business leaders and companies in the Mexican state of Sinaloa continue to pay their state taxes, even though the US Treasury Department has linked them to organized crime. Who…

‘98% Impunity Rate in Venezuela’: Opposition

HOMICIDES / 2 APR 2015

Citing government figures, a prominent opposition leader in Venezuela has said the country's impunity rate hovers at about 98 percent, an assertion that will likely feed rising perceptions of insecurity.

Zetas Member Linked to 2010 San Fernando Massacre Captured

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 1 APR 2015

Mexican authorities have captured an alleged member of the Zetas implicated in the 2010 massacre of 72 immigrants, which arguably marked a tipping point in Mexico's war against organized…

Venezuela Investigates Jet Plane Drug Bust in Dominican Republic

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 1 APR 2015

Four members of Venezuela’s National Guard and a prominent businessman have been arrested for allegedly smuggling cocaine in a jet plane to the Dominican Republic, highlighting the popularity of this…

Narcos in Mexico Pay Their Taxes, Too

MEXICO / 1 APR 2015

As strange as it may seem, some of the most prominent drug traffickers in Sinaloa state, Mexico, are compliant taxpayers and employers registered in the national payroll tax, according to…

‘Tijuana Cartel Operators’ Captured in Bolivia

BOLIVIA / 1 APR 2015

Bolivia's capture of two Peruvians who allegedly worked for the Tijuana Cartel highlights Bolivia's central role in the region's cocaine "air bridge," and raises the possibility that the once-mighty Mexican…

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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…