Archive: Jul 2019

US Troops Tempted by Fast Money from Migrant Smuggling

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 31 JUL 2019

The arrest of two US Marines on migrant smuggling charges raises concerns that criminal groups along the US-Mexico border are targeting the country's troops, promising them fast money to take…

Walled Inside Homes, Corpses of Mexico’s Disappeared Evade Authorities

HUMAN RIGHTS / 31 JUL 2019

Forensic examiners recovering bodies from mass graves in remote terrain has become commonplace during Mexico’s drug war, but criminal groups in Jalisco are making authorities’ jobs increasingly difficult by hiding…

Have Cryptocurrencies Really Helped Venezuela Sidestep US Sanctions?

MONEY LAUNDERING / 30 JUL 2019

Venezuela is collecting airport taxes through an application that converts these funds into Bitcoin, demonstrating the country’s continuing use of cryptocurrencies to evade US sanctions.

Bitter Fight for Former FARC Areas Drives Surge in Colombia Homicides

COLOMBIA / 30 JUL 2019

Colombia’s homicide rate has risen for the first time in a decade, reflecting renewed conflicts between criminal groups in strategic areas of the country, especially in the wake of the…

Suspicious Venezuela Shipwreck Reveals Drug Route to Dutch Caribbean

CARIBBEAN / 29 JUL 2019

The sinking of a small boat heading from Venezuela to Curaçao and the disappearance of all the migrants aboard suggest that drug trafficking groups are also controlling human smuggling routes…

Bolivia Forestry Officials Profit from Harvest of Illegal Wood

BOLIVIA / 29 JUL 2019

Officials within the agency entrusted with protecting Bolivia's forests falsified data and provided documents legitimizing the illegal harvesting of timber, a scheme that occurs throughout South America.

Álex Saab

VENEZUELA PERSONALITIES / JUNE 14, 2020

Álex Saab is a Colombian businessman known for making million dollar deals with the Venezuelan government involving prefabricated houses and the state’s food supply program, which has been criticized for…

A Former Warlord is Back in Colombia, Will His Drug Trafficking Empire Follow?

AUC / 26 JUL 2019

Authorities in Colombia have arrested an infamous former paramilitary warlord after he returned to the Andean nation upon finishing his US prison sentence for drug charges, raising concerns about his possible…

Honduras Police Purge May Be Derailed by Alternative Agenda

HONDURAS / 26 JUL 2019

Honduras has created an elite force to keep tabs on former police officers purged from the security services for suspected criminal activity, but there are reasons to fear it may…

Will Officials Finally Admit Scale of Mexico’s Forced Displacement Crisis?

DISPLACEMENT / 25 JUL 2019

New figures have revealed the full extent of how violence has displaced hundreds of thousands of Mexicans in the last decade, and how this national crisis has been ignored by…

Honduras Gangs Turn to Bus Workers to Collect Extortion Fees

EXTORTION / 25 JUL 2019

Street gangs in Honduras are forcing transport workers to participate in extortion rackets, highlighting the vulnerability of a group already hit hard by such gangs.

Paraguay’s Underworld Fighting Back Against PCC in Brazil

BRAZIL / 24 JUL 2019

The brutal murder of a Brazilian drug trafficker seemingly carried out by a Paraguayan gang has shown how escalating violence is impacting the border state of Mato Grosso do Sul,…

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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. …