Archive: Apr 2017

Weekly InSight: ‘Chepe Diablo,’ the Texis Cartel and El Salvador Elites

CHEPE DIABLO / 6 APR 2017

In our April 6 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos spoke with Senior Editor Mike LaSusa about one of the biggest organized crime stories in Latin America this…

El Salvador Arrests ‘Chepe Diablo,’ Investigates Ties With Vice President

CHEPE DIABLO / 5 APR 2017

El Salvador's Attorney General's Office arrested José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," the alleged leader of the Texis Cartel, the most important drug trafficking and money laundering organization in…

Argentina Ex-President Faces Mounting Corruption Charges

ARGENTINA / 5 APR 2017

The former president of Argentina was indicted on charges of leading a money laundering scheme while in office, yet another legal blow to the ex-leader who is facing mounting corruption…

Brazil Crime Groups Expanding Oil Theft Operations

BRAZIL / 5 APR 2017

Prosecutors say a dismantled criminal network operating near Rio de Janeiro stole 14 million liters (3.5 million gallons) of fuel in 2016, suggesting that Brazilian crime groups are diversifying…

Overhaul of Argentina Security Policy Leaves Unanswered Questions

ARGENTINA / 4 APR 2017

Authorities in Argentina are reshaping security policies by putting more emphasis on information sharing and data-driven policing, an approach that could pay major dividends, although there are questions about how it…

Killings by Police in Rio de Janeiro Highlight Training, Oversight Flaws

BRAZIL / 4 APR 2017

New statistics show that police in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil continue to use lethal force at high rates, a dynamic that is likely the result of poor training and widespread…

Lack of Resources Aggravates El Salvador Security Troubles

EL SALVADOR / 4 APR 2017

El Salvador's Attorney General's Office has reportedly been forced to postpone 15 hearings on drug crimes every day because of a lack of resources, underscoring how underfunded institutions impair attempts…

Popeye: The Hitman Turned Web Star

COLOMBIA / 4 APR 2017

He often describes himself as the "living memory" of the Medellín Cartel, but the truth is that Jhon Jairo Velásquez was an assassin for Pablo Escobar, the infamous drug lord.

US Agencies Botched Gun Running Investigations With Deadly Consequences: Watchdog

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 4 APR 2017

A new report from a US government watchdog has found that multiple agencies were at fault in a series of 2010 investigations of Texas arms traffickers, whose contraband was subsequently…

How Will Venezuela Supreme Court Reversal Impact Organized Crime?

ELITES AND CRIME / 3 APR 2017

Venezuela's Supreme Court reversed a recent decision that annulled the opposition-controlled National Assembly's legislative powers, a significant turnaround in a country where political decisions have substantial impacts on organized crime…

Large Colombia Cocaine Seizure Points to Urabeños Strength

COCAINE / 3 APR 2017

Authorities in Colombia seized a multi-ton cocaine shipment belonging to Colombia's most powerful crime group, showing that despite divisions within its leadership, the criminal organization remains a major force in…

Can Meetings Between Priests and Criminals Help Reduce Violence in Mexico?

MEXICO / 3 APR 2017

Recent meetings between a bishop and criminal groups in Mexico are seeking a solution to violence against religious leaders. However, it remains to be seen if the Catholic Church…

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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…