Archive: May 2016

Drug Trafficking Dominates Debate Ahead of Peru Election

ELITES AND CRIME / 31 MAY 2016

The topic of drug trafficking has taken center stage as Peru's presidential runoff election nears, with frontrunner Keiko Fujimori's challenger seeking to stoke popular fears over her links to the…

Jalisco Cartel Making Violent Push Into Baja California Sur: Report

JALISCO CARTEL / 31 MAY 2016

Mexico's Jalisco Cartel is attempting to wrest control of Baja California Sur from the Sinaloa Cartel, according to a new report, a worrying sign of a nascent war between two…

New Operation Against Bogotá Drug Hub Raises Old Issues

COLOMBIA / 31 MAY 2016

A massive security operation in Bogotá's nefarious Bronx neighborhood reveals how powerful microtrafficking gangs in the city have become -- and the Colombian government's lack of a long-term plan for…

Venezuela Criminal Arsenals Widen to Include Grenades

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 31 MAY 2016

Venezuela has seen the highest number of deaths and injuries from grenades in Latin America over the past three years, with corruption in the military making soldiers both a cause…

Abduction of Mexico Soccer Star Spotlights Kidnapping in Tamaulipas

KIDNAPPING / 30 MAY 2016

The brief kidnapping of a soccer star in northeastern Mexico has brought public attention and state resources to a crime that is widely prevalent but hugely underreported in much of…

Illegal Mining Linked to Environmental, Health Emergency in Peru

ILLEGAL MINING / 30 MAY 2016

The Peruvian government has announced a 60-day state of emergency in the southwestern state of Madre de Dios due to mercury contamination linked to illegal mining, highlighting the environmental dangers…

Pessimism Pervades El Salvador as Security Crisis Continues

EL SALVADOR / 30 MAY 2016

Citizens in El Salvador are doubtful that the government's tough anti-gang measures will have any impact, further indication that the public has little faith in the authorities to pull the…

Panama Supreme Court Seeks Extradition of Ex-President Martinelli

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 MAY 2016

Panama's highest court has asked the foreign relations ministry to approve an extradition request for ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, marking a new step in a case that has seen the former…

Testimony on Drug Trade Highlights System’s Complexity

HEROIN / 27 MAY 2016

In testimony before Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere subcommittee, InSight Crime Co-Director Steven Dudley discussed some common myths and the decidedly more complex reality of Mexico's drug trafficking groups and…

Brazil Jail Break Following Riots Spotlights Prison System in Crisis

BRAZIL / 27 MAY 2016

A recent prison guard strike in northeastern Brazil sparked rioting by inmates, which in turn led to a mass jail break -- a chaotic series of events that shines a…

Sinaloa Cartel’s Takeover of US Heroin Market Questionable

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 26 MAY 2016

Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel has taken control of the US heroin market by elbowing out traffickers of the Asian product, according to a DEA official, but the dynamics of the drug…

Mexico Official Signals Shift Away from Militarized Security Strategy

MEXICO / 26 MAY 2016

Mexico's Interior Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong recently said that long-term security gains in the country will depend on improving socioeconomic conditions, signaling a possible shift away from the heavy-handed…

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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. …