Archive: Apr 2017

Arrests Suggest Colombia Traffickers Tightening Grip on Spain’s Drug Trade

COLOMBIA / 17 APR 2017

Authorities in Colombia have arrested one of Spain's "most wanted" suspects and their Spanish counterparts have dismantled a Colombian-led drug trafficking ring, further indication that Colombian groups are looking to…

What’s Behind the Violence in Ecatepec, Mexico City’s Sprawling Suburb?

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 17 APR 2017

The Mexican government's recently released list of cities with the highest number of murders under President Enrique Peña Nieto's tenure includes one surprise entry: Ecatepec, the sprawling Mexico City suburb…

Drawdown of UN Mission Could Impact Organized Crime in Haiti

HAITI / 14 APR 2017

The United Nations voted to end a stabilizing mission in Haiti shortly after the release of a report documenting allegations of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers, raising questions about the…

Are Crime Groups Behind Colombia Coca Eradication Protests?

COCA / 14 APR 2017

Authorities in Colombia are accusing organized crime groups of fueling protests against coca eradication efforts, but the government may also bear some blame due to its inability to successfully implement…

Puerto Rico Airport Employees Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charges

CARIBBEAN / 14 APR 2017

Authorities dismantled a major drug trafficking ring at Puerto Rico's main international airport, highlighting the importance of the island as a drug transshipment point.

New Graft Investigations Target Dozens of Top Brazil Officials

BRAZIL / 14 APR 2017

A long-running corruption scandal in Brazil involving numerous elites has expanded once again after a judge approved petitions to open investigations into dozens more politicians, including several top officials in…

Unknown Ecuadorean’s Arrest Sign of Low-Profile, High Volume Trafficking?

COLOMBIA / 13 APR 2017

Colombia's arrest of a major Ecuadorean drug trafficker and the dismantling of his organization, unknown to the public until now, illustrates the drug trade's fragmentation and the low profile that…

An Extradition From Italy May Increase US-Mexico Tensions

ELITES AND CRIME / 13 APR 2017

A former Mexican governor captured in Italy faces extradition to the United States and Mexico, which may spark new tensions between the neighboring countries. …

What Is Behind Spiking Violence in Tijuana, Mexico?

HOMICIDES / 13 APR 2017

The beginning of 2017 has brought a striking increase in violence to Tijuana, Mexico and the surrounding region, as competition between different criminal groups has put the key border city…

‘Chepe Diablo’ Case (Upside Down): El Salvador Accuses, US Exonerates

CHEPE DIABLO / 12 APR 2017

In a reversal befitting of his criminal career, "Chepe Diablo" has been taken off the US Treasury Department's "Kingpin List," even as he faces stiff money laundering charges in…

Report Recommends Less Repressive Approach to Gang Problem in CentAm

BARRIO 18 / 12 APR 2017

A new report by a leading watchdog and policy group says that Central America's Northern Triangle governments should find a middle ground that balances the need for engaging with the…

Arrest of Top MS13 Gang Leader in Guatemala Highlights Cooperation

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 11 APR 2017

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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. …

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InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…