Archive: Mar 2020

Uruguay Tries to Make Sense of Repeated Attacks on Police

SECURITY POLICY / 13 MAR 2020

The growing number of attacks on police in Uruguay reflects the growing role of local organized crime in a country that until recently was thought to be one of the…

Clandestine Airstrips, Drug Flights Becoming More Frequent Across Venezuela

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 12 MAR 2020

Clandestine airstrips found in Venezuela and suspected drug flights leaving the country soared in 2019, with different parts of the country being used as aerial connection points, but the total…

Ex-FARC Mafia Drives Park Rangers Out of Colombia’s Amazon

COLOMBIA / 12 MAR 2020

After receiving threats, park rangers in Colombia have abandoned areas of the Amazon that they were protecting. Now these territories could fall increasingly under the control of criminal groups.

Colombia Observatory Report Demystifies Role of Women in Organized Crime

COLOMBIA / 11 MAR 2020

New studies are seeking to address the complex and rapidly evolving roles that women play in criminal structures, which have sometimes gone underreported or been simplified in both academia and…

Has Panama Kicked Its Money Laundering Habit?

MONEY LAUNDERING / 10 MAR 2020

A new report says that Panama remains a nation of “particular concern” when it comes to financial secrecy and money laundering, suggesting that the Central American nation hasn’t quite kicked…

Police Corruption Blamed as Bodies Pile Up in Rosario, Argentina

ARGENTINA / 10 MAR 2020

Argentina’s inability to contain a new wave of violent murders in the strategically located city of Rosario has exposed a deeply fragmented criminal landscape and the urgent need for deep…

Bolivia Investigations Target Members of Evo Morales’ MAS Party

BOLIVIA / 9 MAR 2020

Since Bolivia’s botched elections in October 2019, numerous high-standing politicians and law enforcement officials associated with the Movement to Socialism (Movimiento al Socialismo – MAS) party have fled the…

PCC’s Rapid Expansion Topic of Debate at InSight Crime Conference

ARGENTINA / 9 MAR 2020

Thanks to a combination of great organizational capacity, control of prisons, high levels of loyalty among its members and dominance of key criminal economies, the PCC has become one of…

Report Recognizes Drug Trafficking Influence of Venezuela’s Cartel of the Suns

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 6 MAR 2020

For the first time, the International Narcotics Control Board has recognized the growing influence of the "Cartel of the Suns," the name for a criminal structure within the ranks of…

Family of the North – FDN

BRAZIL GROUPS / MARCH 5, 2020

Family of the North (Familia do Norte - FDN) has long been Brazil’s third-largest criminal group, with a strong presence in northern Brazil but not matching the nationwide presence of…

ELN Showcases Unique Ability to Paralyze Parts of Colombia

COLOMBIA / 6 MAR 2020

For three days in mid-February, the ELN made a show of force, staging simultaneous operations across Colombia in a show of force, which also sent a clear message to the…

Capital Murder: 2019 Homicide Rates in Latin America’s Capital Cities

ARGENTINA / 5 MAR 2020

In a year marked by political and criminal turmoil, Latin American capitals did not escape the effects of the violence, organized crime and state repression experienced throughout the region.

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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…