Archive: Aug 2018

Guatemala President Announces End of CICIG’s Mandate

ELITES AND CRIME / 31 AUG 2018

In a bold move that may further stoke tension in his Central American nation, Guatemala President Jimmy Morales has announced that he will not renew the mandate for the country's…

All Hands on Deck to Hide Jimmy Morales’ ‘Ghost Flight’

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 AUG 2018

President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala has many public enemies, but there is one who costs him more sleep at night than the others: CICIG Commissioner Iván Velásquez Gómez.

Jail Time for LatAm Officials Won’t Kick FIFA Corruption Problem

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 AUG 2018

Authorities in the United States have sentenced two high-level soccer officials to jail time in relation to a widespread corruption scandal involving the world’s biggest soccer institution FIFA, but rooting…

How Brazil’s Presidential Candidates Would Tackle Deepening Insecurity

BRAZIL / 30 AUG 2018

With crime and violence on the rise across Brazil, security has become a major theme in the run-up to the October presidential election. Do any of the candidates have a…

New Criminal Group Runs Fuel Smuggling at Colombia-Venezuela Border

COLOMBIA / 29 AUG 2018

Rivers of gasoline flow across the desert border from Venezuela into Colombia’s La Guajira department, nourishing an immense illegal market and enriching a new criminal group that has reinvented the…

Guatemala Powerbroker Withdraws US Asylum Plea To Face Criminal Charges

ELITES AND CRIME / 28 AUG 2018

A longtime powerbroker in Guatemala has withdrawn his plea for asylum in the United States and will instead be deported to face criminal charges related to the Odebrecht corruption case in…

Mexico’s Proposed Institutional Reforms Unlikely to Yield Change in Security

MEXICO / 28 AUG 2018

Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has used his transition period before taking office in December to launch a series of proposals to reform the nation’s security agencies. But the…

Suspension of Entire Local Police Force Shows Depth of Mexico Corruption

MEXICO / 27 AUG 2018

Authorities disarmed and relieved of their duties an entire municipal police force in central Mexico amid suspicions of corruption and ties to organized crime, underscoring how rampant corruption often leaves…

Coca Crops and Their Prices Grew in Bolivia in 2017: UNODC Report

BOLIVIA / 24 AUG 2018

The United Nations illicit crop monitoring program reported an increase in coca prices and new crops in Bolivia in 2017, signs of an ongoing trend that has been altering drug…

InSight Crime Podcast: The Good Student

ELITES AND CRIME / 24 AUG 2018

In this week's podcast, we finish our series on illegal campaign financing in Guatemala, focusing on current President Jimmy Morales.

Who Controls Colombia’s Enduring Heroin Trade

COLOMBIA / 24 AUG 2018

Reports have emerged that guerrilla group the ELN has taken control of the heroin business in the south of Colombia, which, if confirmed, would represent a huge shift in trafficking…

Shifting Ex-FARC Mafia Alliances Fuel Colombia Criminal Shakeup

COLOMBIA / 23 AUG 2018

The restructuring of Colombia's underworld in the wake of the demobilization of the FARC guerrillas continues apace, with cells of criminalized former fighters seeking new alliances, rebuilding old ones and…

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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. …