Archive: Aug 2015

Does Colombia Have Security Lessons for El Salvador?

COLOMBIA / 31 AUG 2015

A recent visit by El Salvador delegates to Colombia points to the limits of transferring Colombia's security strategies abroad.

Mexico: Land of Cartels?

MEXICO / 31 AUG 2015

A recently issued list of Mexico's newest "cartels" brings attention to the evolution of Mexican organized crime, and how the term "cartel" can lead to a misunderstanding of the…

Brazil Dismantles ‘Largest Synthetic Drug Ring’

BRAZIL / 31 AUG 2015

Brazil has broken up what authorities are calling the country's largest synthetic drug trafficking network, further demonstration of the growing domestic and regional demand for these types of narcotics.

US Treasury Targets FARC Guerrillas in Switzerland

COLOMBIA / 28 AUG 2015

The US government has blacklisted members of Colombia's FARC for running a drug trafficking and money laundering network in Switzerland, a move that may complicate the rebel army's ongoing peace…

Is ‘Cartel of the Suns’ Behind Venezuela-Colombia Border Closure?

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 28 AUG 2015

Speculation has emerged that Venezuela's unilateral shutdown of its border with Colombia is intended to discourage the extradition of two suspected drug traffickers linked to Venezuelan security forces, raising the…

Jamaica Sees 20% Spike in Murders

HOMICIDES / 28 AUG 2015

Jamaica has suffered a sharp uptick in murders this year, raising fears that a shift in the island nation’s criminal dynamics is to blame.

Tracing the Military Fingerprints on Guatemala’s Customs Scandal

CIACS / 28 AUG 2015

An investigation into the customs fraud network known as "La Linea" has implicated Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina and led to the arrest of former Vice President Roxana Baldetti.

Honduras Considers Classifying Gangs as Terrorist Organizations

BARRIO 18 / 27 AUG 2015

Lawmakers in Honduras are considering copying a recent decision by authorities in El Salvador to label gangs as terrorist groups, raising questions about what such a move would actually accomplish…

Venezuela Govt Blames Colombia Paramilitaries for Violence, Contraband

COLOMBIA / 27 AUG 2015

On August 19, following an attack that left three military wounded and which the government attributed to paramilitaries, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closing of…

Predicting the Fall of Guatemala’s President

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 AUG 2015

Although the walls are closing in on Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina, due to new revelations of his involvement in a massive corruption case, he may yet avoid prison. …

‘Venezuela Military Fighting over Drugs at Colombia Border’

COLOMBIA / 26 AUG 2015

According to one source, the violent incident that prompted Venezuela to close its border with Colombia did not involve contraband smugglers as originally reported, but corrupt members of Venezuelan security…

El Salvador Supreme Court Labels Street Gangs as Terrorist Groups

BARRIO 18 / 26 AUG 2015

El Salvador's top court has reclassified the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and Barrio 18 street gangs as terrorist organizations, in what appears to be an official declaration of war and…

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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. …