The Battle for Apure: Chavismo and the ex-FARC

INVESTIGATIONS / 13 OCT 2021

Colombian rebel groups long ago set up shop in Venezuela, seeking sanctuary beyond the reach of the US-back Colombian military. The Chavista regime welcomed them as allies against an “imperialist”…

NEWS

Impact of Illicit Fentanyl Felt on Both Sides of US-Mexico Border

FENTANYL / 22 OCT 2021

Fentanyl continues to wreak havoc on both sides of the US-Mexico border, as Mexican security forces continue to seize the drug while anti-narcotics officials in the United States are warning…

NEWS

3 Reasons Why Kidnappings are Rising in Haiti

CARIBBEAN / 22 OCT 2021

Kidnappings have skyrocketed in Haiti, but the crisis has political as well as criminal roots.

NEWS

Indictment of Saab Partners Details Vast Venezuela Aid Kickback Scheme

ELITES AND CRIME / 22 OCT 2021

Business partners of Álex Saab have been indicted by US prosecutors on charges of being part of a multi-million dollar graft scheme.

NEWS

Memory of Murdered President Defended by Haiti Gang Boss

ELITES AND CRIME / 21 OCT 2021

The message was crystal clear: Jimmy Chérizier, Haiti's most powerful gang boss, forcing Prime Minister Ariel Henry to leave a ceremony in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

NEWS

Tren de Aragua, Venezuela's Most Dangerous Gang, Spotted in Chile

CHILE / 21 OCT 2021

Authorities in Chile are on high alert due to reports that a Venezuelan gang known as Tren de Aragua is involved in migrant smuggling in the country, further evidence of…

NEWS

The Drug Lord and the Governor's Daughter - Quadruple Homicide in Paraguay

ELITES AND CRIME / 20 OCT 2021

The killing of four young people in Paraguay’s border city of Pedro Juan Caballero has led back to an imprisoned man who was once its most-wanted drug trafficker, revealing systemic…

NEWS

El Salvador's Bitcoin Bonuses Bilked by Hackers

CYBERCRIME / 20 OCT 2021

A month after El Salvador’s government introduced Bitcoin as a national currency, an illegal corner of the new economy has emerged: the widespread theft of the $30 deposits used as…

NEWS

Alleged Money Launderer Álex Saab Facing US Justice Triggers Fallout from Venezuela

ELITES AND CRIME / 19 OCT 2021

Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro's aggressive reaction to the extradition of accused money launderer and ally Álex Saab – who appeared for the first time before a US judge to face…

NEWS

Haiti Kidnappings Target Foreigners in Evolution of Security Crisis

HAITI / 18 OCT 2021

The abduction of 17 American and Canadian citizens in Haiti will bring a new level of attention to the country’s out-of-control kidnapping crisis but is unlikely to lead to new…

NEWS

Cartel Gunmen Take Out Surveillance Cameras in Sinaloa, Mexico

MEXICO / 18 OCT 2021

Gunmen have gone on a shooting spree of police surveillance cameras in the Mexican city of Culiacán – attacks that not only blind authorities but reinforce cartel control.

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It was so simple once. The Gulf Cartel and its ancestors maintained control of Tamaulipas for eight decades.

FEATURED / 6 OCT 2021

The Colombian guerrillas have won a battle against the Venezuelan military in the state of Apure. But they will never win the war. Nevertheless, the fighting made one thing clear:…

EX-FARC MAFIA / 13 OCT 2021

On April 23, 2021, two Venezuelan military helicopters landed near the town of La Victoria in the border state of Apure filled with soldiers dispatched to hunt dissident Colombian guerrillas.

EX-FARC MAFIA / 13 OCT 2021

Ecuador is reeling from its worst-ever prison massacre in Guayaquil but the factors that led to this situation could well be replicated in other countries across the region.

ECUADOR / 30 SEP 2021

The fighting that erupted in the Venezuelan state of Apure in early 2021 was on the surface a classic guerrilla conflict.

EX-FARC MAFIA / 13 OCT 2021

The photos showed five dead bodies laid out in the dirt, each with a gun or grenade close to an outstretched hand. The official report stated these were guerrillas who…

ELITES AND CRIME / 13 OCT 2021

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Jimmy Chérizier, alias 'Barbecue'

CARIBBEAN / 19 AUG 2021

Former police officer Jimmy Chérizier, alias "Barbecue," is one of Haiti’s most prolific gang leaders.

Tren de Aragua

VENEZUELA / 12 MAY 2020

The Tren de Aragua is Venezuela’s most powerful local "megabanda," or large criminal gangs with more than 100 members. This group is largely based out of the Tocorón prison in…

Ex-FARC Mafia in Venezuela

VENEZUELA / 3 OCT 2012

Venezuela is a vital base of operations for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and three of its seven blocs (fighting divisions) have a presence there. The country provides the…

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Apure Investigation Makes Headlines

22 OCT 2021

InSight Crime’s investigation into the battle for the Venezuelan border state of Apure resonated in both Colombian and Venezuelan media. A dozen outlets picked up the report, including Venezuela’s…

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InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

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InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

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Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

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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.