Archive: Mar 2017

Panama Says Region-wide Hunt for Martinelli Helicopter is Over

ELITES AND CRIME / 31 MAR 2017

After a multi-country hunt across Central America, authorities grounded a helicopter owned by former President Ricardo Martinelli's son and linked to a money laundering scheme of bribes from the Brazilian…

What Do MS13 Gang Members Think About Trump?

EL SALVADOR / 31 MAR 2017

US President Donald Trump has said he will "finish" the MS13, whose members he has described as "murderers and rapists." InSight Crime asked some gang members to respond. …

MS13 Selling Weapons, Seeking New Profits

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 31 MAR 2017

The street gang MS13 is reportedly selling weapons in El Salvador's capital, a sign that the gang might be seeking new revenue streams.

Contraband Cost Brazil a Staggering $41 Billion in 2016: Watchdog

BRAZIL / 31 MAR 2017

Contraband cost Brazil tens of billions of dollars in 2016, according to two watchdog groups, an astonishing amount of money that illustrates the depth of the problem.

As Venezuela Unravels, Govt Consolidates Hold on Power

VENEZUELA / 30 MAR 2017

Venezuela's highest court has stripped the opposition-led National Assembly of its legislative duties, a sign the government is intent on consolidating power even as the country slips further into chaos,…

US Charges Mexico Prosecutor With Trafficking Drugs

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 MAR 2017

United States authorities captured a Mexican state's attorney general accused of being part of a drug trafficking ring, a rare case of a prosecutor being directly involved in the smuggling…

Weekly InSight: Mexico Violence, Money Laundering and Brazil-Paraguay Narco War

BRAZIL / 30 MAR 2017

In our March 30 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed some of the main stories that we covered this week: a wave of…

Organized Crime Behind Spiking Homicides in Mexico’s Most Violent Municipalities

HOMICIDES / 30 MAR 2017

Mexico's security strategy for its 50 most violent municipalities has largely failed to bear fruit after six months, as criminal dynamics are still fueling increasing rates of homicides despite targeted…

Honduras Crime Group Used Natural Disaster to Launder Money

CACHIROS / 29 MAR 2017

A powerful drug trafficking group in Honduras allegedly used a natural disaster to launder money, showing how far organized crime groups are willing to go to maximize their revenues.

Dismantled Chile Cocaine Lab With Bolivia Ties Hints at Evolving Crime Dynamics

CHILE / 29 MAR 2017

Chilean authorities have dismantled yet another cocaine lab, used by a group of Bolivians and Chileans to process the drug into its liquid form, suggesting that Chile's role in the…

New Study Asks Why Voters Don’t Punish Mexico Officials

MEXICO / 29 MAR 2017

A new study from a Mexican academic seeks to establish under what circumstances Mexican voters punish politicians for insecurity, offering valuable insight into a major impediment to the nation's democratic…

Over 100 FARC ‘Militias’ Hand Themselves in to Colombia Authorities

COLOMBIA / 29 MAR 2017

Over 100 individuals who self-identified as FARC militias have handed themselves over to authorities in Colombia, raising the issue of how to properly incorporate this subset of the guerrilla army…

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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. …