Archive: Dec 2019

Half of Extortion Calls in Guatemala Are Made from One Prison

EXTORTION / 30 DEC 2019

New data in Guatemala has revealed that almost half of all extortion phone calls originate from a single place: the country’s largest prison.

What Fate Awaits MACCIH in Honduras?

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 DEC 2019

The Honduran Congress has advised President Juan Orlando Hernández not to renew the mandate of the international anti-corruption mission that has helped to investigate government officials accused of stealing public…

Jamaica Can’t Shake Status As US’ Top Marijuana Provider

CARIBBEAN / 26 DEC 2019

A series of marijuana seizures reported over the last few months, highlight the magnitude of the drug flow from Jamaica headed to the United States, as well as the difficulties…

The Ecuador Fishermen Snatched Away by US Drug Warriors

COCAINE / 23 DEC 2019

Before the call dropped, Bexy learned the hazardous details of Manuel’s journey. Desperate to find money to rebuild their home, he had agreed to transport cocaine to the US in…

Illegal Mining Behind Mercury Contamination Harming Colombia’s Indigenous

COLOMBIA / 20 DEC 2019

Mercury contamination caused by illegal mining in Colombia's Amazon is threatening the welfare of Indigenous communities who are now seeking legal action against the government. …

Landmark US Drug Trial Leaves Bloody Trail in Honduras

ELITES AND CRIME / 19 DEC 2019

The director of a maximum-security prison in Honduras was brazenly murdered in broad daylight, in what was just the latest in a string of killings following the conviction for drug…

Senior Police Linked to Family Drug Clans in Peru’s VRAEM

COCAINE / 18 DEC 2019

Authorities in Peru are investigating possible links between family clans dedicated to drug trafficking and members of the police that are willing to accept bribes in exchange for support and…

Tankers Go Dark to Help Venezuela Evade Oil Sanctions

ELITES AND CRIME / 17 DEC 2019

Venezuela is using “invisible” tankers to secretly export its oil reserves, enabling a renewed uptick in exports that could help President Nicolás Maduro withstand the pressure of international sanctions.

Jade: New Crown Jewel for Crime Groups in Guatemala

CONTRABAND / 16 DEC 2019

Authorities have uncovered that an eastern coastal region of Guatemala, known to be a cocaine corridor, has been used in the trafficking of jade -- a gemstone used for millennia by…

Butterflies, Beetles and Spiders: Costa Rica’s Smaller Eco-trafficking Targets

COSTA RICA / 13 DEC 2019

While eco-trafficking in Costa Rica has largely been associated with turtles, recent raids have shown how its butterflies, beetles, wasps and spiders can also fetch startling prices on the international…

Gulf of Mexico Oil Industry Reeling From Hundreds of Pirate Attacks in 2019

MEXICO / 12 DEC 2019

The seizure of an Italian oil supply vessel by pirates in the Gulf of Mexico in November, in which two crew were injured, was but the latest in a series…

Mexico’s Former Top Security Official Indicted on US Drug Charges

MEXICO / 11 DEC 2019

US authorities have arrested the former top security official in Mexico during the administration of former President Felipe Calderón on drug charges and taking bribes from traffickers, a bombshell development…

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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. …