Archive: Nov 2018

Marijuana Seizures Plummet in US and Mexico. Will Illegal Profits Follow?

CONTRABAND / 9 NOV 2018

Authorities on both sides of the US-Mexico border have seized far less marijuana in recent years — a sign that the spread of legal forms of the drug within the…

Evolution of Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas

8 NOV 2018

After a year full of challenges for organized crime and dramatic shifts in Latin America’s criminal dynamics, InSight Crime, Universidad del Rosario and the The Colombian Organized Crime Observatory present the…

Venezuela Institutional Weaknesses Facilitate Cocaine Trafficking: Report

COCAINE / 8 NOV 2018

A new study from Transparency Venezuela says that the country’s weak criminal justice system, made worse by the government’s cooptation of public institutions, is facilitating the activities of organized crime…

Guatemala Elite’s Criminal Links Highlight Country’s Political Vulnerability

ELITES AND CRIME / 8 NOV 2018

A representative of Central America's parliamentary institution from Guatemala has been linked to a criminal organization with longstanding ties to politicians and other elite figures, underscoring the vulnerability of the…

Bolivia-Brazil Border Remains Crime Hotspot

BOLIVIA / 8 NOV 2018

A security operation looking to regain control of the Bolivian border town of San Matías has revealed the extent to which an absence of state institutions has led to lawlessness…

New Corruption Case More Trouble for Embattled Former Honduras President

ELITES AND CRIME / 7 NOV 2018

A new investigation has involved Ramón Lobo Sosa, brother of former Honduras president Honduras Porfirio Lobo, in a corruption scheme that diverted funds from the president’s party to private individuals.

Tobacco Cartel May Mark Shift in Mexico Underworld

CONTRABAND / 7 NOV 2018

The rise of a new cartel that strong-arms vendors to sell homegrown cigarette brands in large parts of Mexico has sparked concern about criminal organizations seeking fresh income streams amidst…

LatAm Crime Groups Adapting to Meet Growing US Drug Demand

COLOMBIA / 6 NOV 2018

As the opioid crisis continues to ravage the United States, with a record number of overdose deaths, crime groups in Latin America have taken advantage of the growing market for…

Venezuela Mega-Gang Leader Seen Partying, Symbol of State Abandonment

MEGABANDAS / 5 NOV 2018

A short cellphone video of a "mega-gang" leader in Venezuela shows him relaxed, partying and seemingly thumbing his nose at the government.

Rastrojos Demonstrate Power with Attack on Venezuela Military Base

COLOMBIA / 5 NOV 2018

A recent attack by Colombian criminal group, Los Rastrojos, on a military base in Venezuela confirms that the group is gathering strength in the country and will not hold back…

Colombia Authorities in the Dark With New Anti-Drug Proposals

COCA / 2 NOV 2018

Colombia’s newly announced proposals to disrupt drug production by cutting access to power sources and alkaloids to rural areas might sound innovative on paper but are unlikely to have a…

Underreporting Helps Extortion Thrive in Mexico, Latin America

EXTORTION / 1 NOV 2018

Citizens in Mexico are extorted once every hour and 15 minutes, underscoring how fundamental this activity is for the country’s criminals and how severe underreporting makes it increasingly difficult for…

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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…