Archive: Feb 2016

US-Mexico Cooperation Falters to Advantage of Gun Runners

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 29 FEB 2016

Cooperation between Mexican and U.S. authorities on arms trafficking has dropped off in recent years, even as traffickers continue to move huge quantities of arms across the border while taking…

Bolivia Arrests President’s Former Mistress

BOLIVIA / 29 FEB 2016

Bolivian authorities have arrested Evo Morales' former mistress on corruption charges, in a politically charged case that has already put the president onto the defensive. …

‘Killed in Clash’: New Form of Death Penalty in Venezuela

HOMICIDES / 29 FEB 2016

In this article, author Vanessa Moreno Losada explores a spate of deaths at the hands of Venezuelan security forces, questioning the legitimacy of the killings and if they represent a new…

El Salvador Youths Choose Fighting Fires Over Gang Life: Report

BARRIO 18 / 26 FEB 2016

A Wall Street Journal report documents how youths in El Salvador are choosing to become firefighters in order to avoid gang life, a unique case that may nonetheless contain important…

Loan Shark Mafias Booming in Cali, Colombia

COLOMBIA / 26 FEB 2016

Micro-loan mafias are flourishing in Cali, Colombia, spurring violence and driving homicides as authorities scramble to find a solution.  …

International Terror and the Gangs of Douglas Farah

BARRIO 18 / 26 FEB 2016

In response to a recent article by Douglas Farah on the MS13 published by Foreign Policy and reprinted at InSight Crime, gang expert Juan Martínez D'aubussion…

Mexico’s Jalisco Cartel Making Push Into Tijuana?

HOMICIDES / 26 FEB 2016

Homicides in Mexico's Baja California nearly doubled during January 2016 when compared to the same month last year, raising speculation the Jalisco Cartel is seeking to exert control over the…

Report Sketches Venezuela’s Organized Crime Landscape

URABEÑOS / 25 FEB 2016

A new report offers insights into where organized crime is most concentrated in Venezuela, but without more data from government agencies the country's criminal landscape remains shrouded in uncertainty.

6 Common Misconceptions About the MS13 Street Gang

EL SALVADOR / 25 FEB 2016

In response to a recent article on the MS13 published by Foreign Policy and reprinted at InSight Crime, gang expert Carlos Garcia challenges six commonly held…

Ecuador: 300 Fishermen Arrested for Drug Trafficking in 3 Years

ECUADOR / 25 FEB 2016

An estimated 300 Ecuadorian fishermen have been arrested on drug trafficking charges by foreign authorities in the last three years, highlighting the country's role as a regional hub for maritime…

Mexico Drug Kingpin Pleads Guilty in US Court

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 24 FEB 2016

A leader of Mexico's Beltrán Leyva Organization has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in US Federal Court, marking yet another drug kingpin who has chosen to forego trial in…

Honduras Takes New Approach to Combating Extortion

EXTORTION / 24 FEB 2016

In a series of raids across Honduras authorities seized over 100 assets derived from an extortion ring that allegedly included MS13 members and government officials, reportedly the first operation 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. …