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Mexico Cartels Find Recruitment Target - Drug Rehab Centers

MEXICO / 23 AUG 2021

Lacking government support and effective oversight, drug rehab centers in Mexico are being exploited by organized crime groups, which are taking advantage of their anarchical state to disappear people and…

VENEZUELA

Cartel of the Suns

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 14 JAN 2021

The “Cartel of the Suns” (Cartel de los Soles) is the term used to describe the shadowy groups inside Venezuela’s military that are involved in a wide range of criminal…

ANALYSIS

Venezuela President's Drug Trafficking Exploits Detailed in US Indictment

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 26 MAR 2020

US prosecutors have charged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his closest allies with drug trafficking and corruption, cementing the embattled nation's reputation as a mafia state.

ANALYSIS

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…

ANALYSIS

General's Murder Hints at Complete Impunity for Venezuela Megabandas

MEGABANDAS / 14 MAY 2019

The recent murders of an air force general and five other security officials in Venezuela, believed to have been carried out by a mega-gang, confirms the…

BRIEF

Venezuela Soldiers Mutiny, Lambast Corrupt Military Leadership

ELITES AND CRIME / 23 JAN 2019

An uprising of soldiers against the government of Nicolás Maduro has raised questions about corruption inside the armed forces and links between the military’s top commanders and organized crime.

INVESTIGATIONS

Drug Trafficking Within the Venezuelan Regime: The 'Cartel of the Suns'

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 17 MAY 2018

In Latin America, criminal entrepreneurs in the form of cartels, have traditionally run drug trafficking. In Venezuela, it is managed from within government, and if Nicolás Maduro wins another term in office, Venezuela’s position in the global cocaine…

ANALYSIS

Shifting Criminal Dynamics Signal Violent Future for Colombia-Venezuela Border

COLECTIVOS / 29 JAN 2018

Venezuela’s continued spiral into economic, political and social crisis and the demobilization of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group have shifted criminal dynamics on the Colombia-Venezuela border, transforming the region into…

COUNTRIES-IN

Cartel of the Suns

VENEZUELA GROUPS / 12 SEP 2017

The “Cartel of the Suns” (Cartel de los Soles) is the term used to describe the shadowy groups inside Venezuela’s military that are involved in a wide range of criminal…

BRIEF

Venezuela Ex-Official Implicates President’s Son in Drug Trafficking

ELITES AND CRIME / 11 AUG 2017

Another former Venezuelan official now in the United States has accused President Nicolás Maduro's son of drug trafficking, and connected powerful members of the regime to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel. But are…

BRIEF

Venezuela Pilot's Extradition Could Lead to Cartel of the Suns Revelations

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 28 JUN 2017

Colombia has extradited a Venezuelan former army captain with ties to the administration of President Nicolás Maduro to face drug trafficking charges in the United States, in a move that…

BRIEF

Arrest of Drug Flight 'Emperor' Shows Venezuela's Role as Departure Point

VENEZUELA / 24 MAY 2017

Colombian authorities have captured an individual suspected of shipping drugs from Venezuela using modified airplanes, a reminder of the latter country's key role in aerial drug trafficking.

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Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.

THE ORGANIZATION

Series on Environmental Crime in the Amazon Generates Headlines

17 SEP 2021

InSight Crime and the Igarapé Institute have been delighted at the response to our joint investigation into environmental crimes in the Colombian Amazon. Coverage of our chapters dedicated to illegal mining…

THE ORGANIZATION

Exploring Climate Change and Organized Crime

10 SEP 2021

In July, InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley moderated a panel for the Climate Reality Project's regional series of workshops for young climate activists in the Americas. The week-long event…

THE ORGANIZATION

Gearing Up a New Class of Interns

3 SEP 2021

InSight Crime is readying its newest class of interns – from universities in Europe and the Americas – to begin investigative work on a number of high-impact projects. For the…

THE ORGANIZATION

Tracking Environmental Crime in the Amazon

27 AUG 2021

Next week, InSight Crime launches an investigation – conducted with Brazilian think-tank the Igarapé Institute – on the sophisticated organized crime structures and armed groups that…