Archive: Jan 2017

Costa Rica to Send Barely Trained Police Officers on the Streets

COSTA RICA / 31 JAN 2017

Costa Rica has decided to drastically shorten the selection and training process of its police officers, a measure that will quickly increase police presence in troubled areas but may negatively…

540 Children were Murdered Last Year in El Salvador: Report

BARRIO 18 / 31 JAN 2017

A recent police report in El Salvador shows that an average of 1.5 children were murdered every day last year, an illustration of how an intense gang conflict and generalized…

Why Mexico’s Governors Became A Prime Target of Criminal Groups

ELITES AND CRIME / 31 JAN 2017

A growing stream of corruption allegations against governors in Mexico exemplifies how changes in the country's political landscape have inadvertently served to expand these officials' role in enabling organized crime.

Less than Half of FARC Soldiers are in Concentration Zones: Official

COLOMBIA / 30 JAN 2017

Less than half of the FARC guerrillas have moved into the concentration zones where they are scrambling to meet a deadline for the demobilization process, raising questions about how many…

Guatemala Arrests Former Top Interior, Police Officials for Corruption

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 JAN 2017

Authorities in Guatemala have arrested a former vice-minister of the interior and police director on corruption charges, demonstrating how officials systematically used government contracts to rob the state during the…

El Salvador Gangs Responsible for 84% of Forced Displacement: Report

BARRIO 18 / 30 JAN 2017

A new report from El Salvador says that the country's street gangs accounted for 84 percent of forced displacements in 2016, in the undeclared war that is ravaging that…

Brazil Gang in Uruguay Shows Country’s Growing Role in Drug Trade

PCC / 27 JAN 2017

Drug traffickers from Brazil are using Uruguay, in particular its capital city and main port of Montevideo, as a transit point for international drug trafficking operations, increasing the odds that…

Money Laundering Links Honduras, Panama and US

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 JAN 2017

Two Honduran executives allegedly used a Panamanian business and a US bank to pay $2.5 million in bribes, suggesting that banks based in Panama and the United States may…

Record ELN Cocaine Shipment Seized Days Before Peace Talks Start

COCAINE / 27 JAN 2017

An international sting led to the biggest drug seizure ever linked to Colombia's ELN rebel group, a worrying sign of the guerrillas' ongoing drug activities that comes less than two…

Guatemala Congressman Implicated in Murder of Journalist

GUATEMALA / 27 JAN 2017

Prosecutors in Guatemala believe a current congressman ordered the killing of a local journalist in 2015, a reminder of the potentially fatal consequences of reporting on corruption in a nation…

Paraguay Rebel Group Extorts Landowners to Build Local Support

EPP / 27 JAN 2017

Paraguay's main guerrilla group has demanded that the family of a hostage provide aid to impoverished communities in exchange for the prisoner's release, highlighting one of the ways the rebels…

The Rise and Fall of El Chapo, According to the US Government

EL CHAPO / 27 JAN 2017

US prosecutors have filed a memorandum detailing the lengthy criminal career of recently extradited Mexico drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, a unique look at the case the US government…

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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. …