Archive: Oct 2019

La Unión Tepito Inner Workings Revealed in Mexico City Raid

LA UNIÓN TEPITO / 31 OCT 2019

A recent raid against the La Unión Tepito gang in Mexico City may not have a lasting impact on the group's activities but has shown how deep its links to police…

Ecuador: A Cocaine Superhighway to the US and Europe

DRUG POLICY / 30 OCT 2019

Little attention is paid to Ecuador. The murder rate is low, and there are no drug cartels like those that have dominated the criminal landscape in Mexico and Colombia. Yet…

Gas Theft – Mexico’s Latest Criminal Conundrum

MEXICO / 30 OCT 2019

With Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador touting his successes against oil theft, criminal groups have taken advantage of a similar opportunity: gas theft.

Half of All Destroyed Coca Crops Replanted in Colombia

COCA / 29 OCT 2019

The Colombian government has been lauding the success of its stringent targets for the eradication of coca crops nationwide, but with replanting rates estimated at up to 67 percent, the…

Chinese Mafia Moving Contraband Fish Costs Argentina Millions

ARGENTINA / 29 OCT 2019

Authorities in Argentina dismantled a ring of Chinese nationals who evaded millions of dollars in taxes and laundered money through fish export businesses, in a case that provides more evidence…

Argentina Taxi Mafias Spreading in Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA / 28 OCT 2019

Argentina has dismantled a gang focused on extorting taxi drivers at Buenos Aires’ main bus station, the second such incident in 2019. This raises fears that the taxi extortion racket,…

Colombia’s El Tandil – Where Children’s Education Depends on the Coca Leaf

COCA / 28 OCT 2019

A recent report on child labor in the municipality of Tumaco has shed light on why children and young people around Colombia find themselves cornered into participating in coca cultivation…

Ex-FARC Mafia

EX-FARC MAFIA / OCTOBER 27, 2019

Las disidencias de las FARC o ex-Farc Mafia son grupos de excombatientes de la antigua guerrilla que se opusieron o desencantaron del proceso de paz con el gobierno colombiano desde…

What Does Mario Estrada’s Guilty Plea Mean for Guatemala?

ELITES AND CRIME / 26 OCT 2019

The guilty plea of Mario Estrada, a former Guatemalan presidential candidate, to conspiring to import cocaine into the United States has triggered a backlash against President Jimmy Morales, who is…

Culiacán Shambles Exposes Lack of Any Security Plan for Mexico

EL CHAPO / 25 OCT 2019

Amid a wave of national and international criticism for his handling of the Culiacán meltdown last week, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador faces the toughest public security test of…

Testing Wastewater Paints Drug Use Map Across Mexico

DRUG POLICY / 25 OCT 2019

A pilot study in Mexico is showing promising results for measuring the frequency and type of drugs being used across the country by measuring metabolites in wastewater.

4 Takeaways from the US Trial against the Honduras President’s Brother

CACHIROS / 24 OCT 2019

The US drug trial against the brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández brought the nexus between organized crime and political power to the forefront, undermining the country’s purported role…

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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. …