Plundered Oceans: IUU Fishing in South American Seas

INVESTIGATIONS / 3 AUG 2022

In South America's oceans, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels are hoovering marine life and harvesting endangered sharks for their fins. This investigation – the second of a multi-part…

Inside the Criminal Career of Memo Fantasma

INVESTIGATIONS / 4 JUL 2022

Over the last two years, InSight Crime has interviewed more than a dozen Colombian drug traffickers and former paramilitaries who worked directly with “Memo Fantasma” or “Will the Ghost,” going…

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Northern Chile Struggling to Contain Skyrocketing Homicide Rate

BOLIVIA / 9 AUG 2022

Politicians are pushing for the Chilean government to declare a state of emergency in the northern regions including Tarapacá…

NEWS

Why is Brazil’s Highway Police Suddenly Killing So Many People?

BRAZIL / 9 AUG 2022

Under President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's highway police seems to have become a brutal instrument of death.

NEWS

Memo Fantasma Freed from Colombian Prison

AUC / 8 AUG 2022

Guillermo León Acevedo Giraldo, alias "Memo Fantasma," has been granted his liberty from a maximum-security prison in Bogotá.

NEWS

United States Suddenly Keen to See Guatemala Extradite Human Smugglers

EXTRADITION / 8 AUG 2022

A US request has led Guatemala to dismantle a prolific human smuggling ring that smuggled migrants to the United States.

NEWS

Human Trafficking Victims Grow as Mexico Government Strategy Falters

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / 5 AUG 2022

Human trafficking appears on the rise in Mexico, with the government struggling to find a strategy forward.

NEWS

How Colombia's Conflict Intensified Violence Against Women and the LGBTQI+ Community

COLOMBIA / 4 AUG 2022

Alejandra Miller of Colombia’s Truth Commission explained why women and LGBTIQ+ persons were disproportionately affected by the armed conflict.

NEWS

Gang Killings of Bus Drivers Paralyzes Colombia’s Fourth City

COLOMBIA / 4 AUG 2022

A local gang targeted bus drivers in Barranquilla, Colombia, to gain attention ahead of the country's change in government.

NEWS

The Rise of Haiti's Violent Rural Gangs

CARIBBEAN / 3 AUG 2022

A rural gang is causing mayhem in northern Haiti, displaying tactics more commonly used by urban armed groups concentrated in Port-au-Prince.

NEWS

‘Forgiveness’ and the Sticky Question of Justice in Mexico

ELITES AND CRIME / 3 AUG 2022

Cartels like the Chapitos have asked for forgiveness from the Mexican people. Will it ever be given?…

NEWS

Lobster Fishermen in Mexico's Yucatán Organize to Protect Their Catch

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 2 AUG 2022

A Yucatán community has formed a defense group to protect its local lobster population as illegal fishing causes numbers to fall.

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Dozens of dead fishermen have been unloaded at Uruguay's Montevideo port. Vessels that dock there have been alleged to engage in abuse at sea.

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 3 AUG 2022

Middlemen in Chile control sales of merluza, a white-fleshed fish for which there is a large appetite.

CHILE / 3 AUG 2022

Floodlights from Chinese fishing boats illuminate the darkness off Argentina’s Atlantic Coast, where the armada harvests tons of squid.

ARGENTINA / 3 AUG 2022

Ecuador is a hotspot for landing massive amounts of shark catch, and the nation is among the world’s biggest exporters of shark fins.

ECUADOR / 3 AUG 2022

Cartels like the Chapitos have asked for forgiveness from the Mexican people. Will it ever be given?…

ELITES AND CRIME / 3 AUG 2022

The installation of a radar tower on Costa Rica’s Cocos Island heralded a new era for curbing illegal fishing in one of the world’s most biodiverse ocean regions.

COSTA RICA / 27 JUL 2022

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Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, alias 'The Chess Player'

COLOMBIA / 21 JUN 2022

Colombian kingpin, Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, alias “The Chess Player,” was one of the leaders of the Cali Cartel.

José Vicente Lesmes, alias 'Walter Mendoza'

COLOMBIA / 3 FEB 2020

José Vicente Lesmes, alias "Walter Mendoza," was a historic FARC commander and currently a top leader within the Second Marquetalia.

Luciano Marín Arango, alias 'Iván Márquez'

COLOMBIA / 1 NOV 2010

Luciano Marin Arango, alias “Iván Márquez,” was a senior member of the FARC Secretariat and founded the Second Marquetalia after abandoning the FARC peace process.

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Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Becomes Truly Transnational

29 JUL 2022

This week, InSight Crime published a deep dive into the total control that Venezuelan mega-gang, Tren de Aragua, has over the lives of those it smuggles between Venezuela and Chile…

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Turkish Traffickers Delivering Latin American Cocaine to Persian Gulf

15 JUL 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the second half of an investigation piecing together the emerging role of Turkish cocaine traffickers in supplying Russia and the Persian Gulf, which are among…

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Turkey as a Lynchpin in European Cocaine Pipeline

8 JUL 2022

InSight Crime is extending its investigation into the cocaine pipeline to Europe, and tracking the growing connections between Latin American drug traffickers and European criminal organizations. This led us to…

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Memo Fantasma Coverage Gets Worldwide Attention

1 JUL 2022

Guillermo Acevedo, the former Colombian drug lord and paramilitary commander better known as Memo Fantasma, may soon be allowed to leave prison. Since first revealing the identity of Memo Fantasma…

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Who Are Memo Fantasma and Sergio Roberto de Carvalho?

24 JUN 2022

Inside the criminal career of Memo Fantasma  In March 2020, InSight Crime revealed the identity and whereabouts of Memo Fantasma, a paramilitary commander and drug trafficker living in…