Archive: Feb 2018

El Salvador Military Officers Ordered Executions: Attorney General

EL SALVADOR / 28 FEB 2018

New evidence alleges that high-ranking members of El Salvador’s military commanded a secret death squad to execute gang members, the first time senior military personnel have been implicated in ordering…

Belligerent ELN Front Kills Five Colombian Soldiers Near Venezuela Border

COLOMBIA / 28 FEB 2018

A deadly ambush against Colombian soldiers blamed on the ELN shows the rebel group's internal divide around its ongoing peace negotiations, and is a reminder of its growing strategic use…

Video Shows Notorious ‘Colectivo’ Leader Greeted by Venezuela Officials

COLECTIVOS / 28 FEB 2018

A video showing a notorious colectivo leader and alleged criminal embracing high-ranking officials in public provides further credence to the idea these criminalized armed groups enjoy full impunity while serving…

In Guatemala’s VIP Prisons, the Powerful Are Safe and Committing Crimes

ELITES AND CRIME / 28 FEB 2018

The justice and prison systems have managed to preserve the lives of the powerful once they are sentenced, but they have failed to prevent their conspiring to commit crimes from…

Arrest of Guatemala’s ‘Tennis Shoe King’ Could Impact Prosecutor Selection Process

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 FEB 2018

The recent arrests of an elusive and powerful Guatemalan businessman-turned lobbyist and an influential judge could impact the current search for the new attorney general. Guatemalan authorities detained Roberto…

US Mulls Sanctions Against Venezuela’s Diosdado Cabello

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 27 FEB 2018

The United States government could impose sanctions on the second most powerful person in Venezuela, according to a diplomat at the U.S. embassy in the country. This indicates that the…

Paramilitary Group in Veracruz Police Carried Out Disappearances: Attorney General

AYOTZINAPA / 27 FEB 2018

Authorities in Mexico have ordered the arrest of more than two dozen high-ranking state police officials for their alleged role in a paramilitary group accused of committing forced disappearances.

Colombia’s Natural Parks Remain Criminal Safe Havens: Report

COCA / 26 FEB 2018

Despite President Santos’ promise to rid Colombia’s natural parks from coca crops, a news report argues that the country's ecologically-rich protected areas remain safe havens for criminal groups looking not…

What Is the Mexican Cartels’ Strategy for Post-FARC Colombia?

COLOMBIA / 26 FEB 2018

Alerts about the growing involvement of Mexican cartels with armed groups and drug trafficking in Colombia are raising questions about what role Mexican organized crime is taking in the post-FARC…

Task Force Points Out Gaps in Panama Money Laundering Laws

MONEY LAUNDERING / 23 FEB 2018

A new report demonstrates that although Panamanian authorities have made progress in combating money laundering, the country’s laws continue to make it an attractive destination to conceal revenue from illegal…

Cocaine Ring in Russia’s Argentina Embassy Dismantled

ARGENTINA / 23 FEB 2018

An unprecedented seizure of nearly half a ton of cocaine at the Russian embassy in Argentina has exposed an international drug ring that counted on help from corrupt officials in…

Colombia’s Least-Known But Most-Wanted Public Enemy No. 1

COLOMBIA / 23 FEB 2018

Ex-FARC commander “Gentil Duarte” has risen to the top of Colombia’s most-wanted list, but the relatively unknown figure turned public enemy number one may be a less significant threat…

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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. …