Archive: Feb 2017

Power Vacuum Leads to Fighting Among Chinese Mafias in Argentina

ARGENTINA / 28 FEB 2017

Three Chinese mafias are reportedly vying for criminal dominance following the capture of the leader of the most powerful mafia in Argentina, demonstrating the resilience of these organizations and the authorities'…

Microsoft Opens Cyber Security Center in Mexico City

CYBERCRIME / 28 FEB 2017

Microsoft is opening a cyber security center in Mexico City in order to better combat an estimated $4 billion industry, a decision that points to growing concern about this type…

In Targeting Powerful Drug Clan, Honduras Follows Familiar Script

CACHIROS / 28 FEB 2017

Authorities in Honduras have seized properties belonging to a major drug trafficking clan, a move that in the past has precipitated the downfall of some of the country's most powerful…

Major Colombian Drug Trafficker Detained in Nicaragua

AMAURI CARMONA MORELOS / 27 FEB 2017

Nicaragua's authorities have detained Amauri Carmona Morelos, putting an end to the criminal career of one of the most prominent drug traffickers operating in the Central American country.

US Drops Names From ‘Kingpin’ List, Accused of ‘Lacking Rigor’

COLOMBIA / 27 FEB 2017

The United States has dropped almost two dozen Latin American entities from its notorious drug "kingpin" list, exemplifying how difficult it can be at times to distinguish between licit and…

‘Drug Charges Against Ex-Guatemala Officials are Tip of the Iceberg’

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 FEB 2017

Edgar Gutiérrez spoke with elPeriódico about how the relationship between organized crime and political power has evolved in Guatemala. Gutiérrez, who served as foreign chancellor during the administration of former…

Argentina Border Town ‘Was Run by Narco-Politics’: Minister

ARGENTINA / 27 FEB 2017

A string of arrests has led Argentina's Security Minister to denounce the links between drug trafficking and local politics in a small town located along the Paragauyan border that serves…

Forced Displacement in Mexico: The Hidden Toll of the War

DISPLACEMENT / 27 FEB 2017

Mexico's violence-induced forced displacement crisis is only beginning. Almost a third of the country's municipalities have fewer inhabitants than they did before homicides became widespread across the country.

US Indicts Fmr Guatemala VP, Fmr Interior Minister on Drug Charges

ELITES AND CRIME / 24 FEB 2017

A US federal court has indicted the former vice president and the former interior minister of Guatemala on cocaine trafficking charges, suggesting US officials are skeptical about the ability…

Bolivia Raises Coca Cultivation Limits, Widens Legal Supply-Demand Gap

BOLIVIA / 24 FEB 2017

Bolivia's government has agreed to raise permitted levels of legal coca production after violent protests by farmers, in a move that exacerbates the flaw in the country's otherwise largely successful…

Can Damage Control by US Officials Salvage Security Relations With Mexico?

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 24 FEB 2017

The US Secretaries of State and Homeland Security visited Mexico in what appears to be an attempt to ease tensions between the two countries, but statements contradicting earlier US presidential…

Colombia Moves Against FARC Dissenters’ Criminal Assets

COLOMBIA / 24 FEB 2017

Authorities in Colombia have seized close to $100 million in assets allegedly belonging to FARC dissidents, as the state begins the mammoth task of identifying and dismantling the vast illicit…

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12 FEB 2021

InSight Crime is looking for a full-time strategic communications manager. This person needs to be able to work in a fast-paced world of daily news, high-profile investigations, national and international…

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4 FEB 2021

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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…

ANALYSIS

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. …