The Jungle Patrol: Fighting Illegal Loggers on the Guatemala-Mexico Border

INVESTIGATIONS / 28 SEP 2022

A journey deep into the jungle reveals how a shadowy timber mafia with ties to Asia is illegally extracting precious wood like “granadillo” on the Guatemala-Mexico border.

Virtual Panel: The Colombo-Venezuelan Guerrillas: How Colombia’s War Migrated to Venezuela

EVENTS / 3 OCT 2022

InSight Crime will host a virtual event featuring Co-director Jeremy McDermott and a panel of leading experts to discuss the findings of our latest investigation. No registration is required.

NEWS

Record Fentanyl Seizures and Migrant Encounters on US-Mexico Border Are Unrelated

FENTANYL / 28 SEP 2022

Migrant encounters and seizures of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl are often erroneously conflated and linked together.

NEWS

How Peru's Coca Production is Helping the Global Cocaine Boom

COCA / 27 SEP 2022

Increased coca cultivation in Peru provides the raw ingredient cocaine traffickers use when pushing into developing markets like Australia.

NEWS

France Dealing with Influx of Cocaine from Caribbean Territories

CARIBBEAN / 26 SEP 2022

The cocaine coming from France's territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique, and French Guiana to its mainland have doubled.

NEWS

Latin American Leaders Voice Security Concerns At United Nations General Assembly

BOLIVIA / 23 SEP 2022

As world leaders met for the United Nations General Assembly, Latin American presidents expressed various concerns about organized crime.

NEWS

Corruption Puts Military Ammunition into the Hands of Paraguay’s Criminals

ELITES AND CRIME / 22 SEP 2022

Corruption and a lack of traceability allow military munitions to flow into the hands of criminals in Paraguay.

NEWS

Colombia's President Petro Challenges US Anti-Drug Policy in UN Speech

COCAINE / 22 SEP 2022

Colombia's President Gustavo Petro has lambasted decades of US anti-drug policy at the United Nations General Assembly.

NEWS

Do Drug Traffickers Deserve Royalties from Narco-Series?

GENDER AND CRIME / 21 SEP 2022

Accused drug trafficker Sandra Ávila Beltrán is demanding she be paid royalties for the “Queen of the South” Netflix series.

NEWS

Trinidad and Tobago Struggling to Put Brakes on Rising Homicide Rate

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 21 SEP 2022

Trinidad and Tobago's homicide rate has past 400 for the year and authorities appear unable to stop it.

NEWS

Human Smugglers Outsourcing Drivers, Wreaking Havoc on US-Mexico Border

FEATURED / 20 SEP 2022

Authorities in Arizona are sounding the alarm about the rising use of outsiders as drivers for human smuggling.

NEWS

Haitian Prisoners Face Starvation and Death

HAITI / 19 SEP 2022

Haiti prisons are overcrowded and judicial system failing, leading to prisoners dying of starvation.

Featured Reporting and Analysis

InSight Crime charts the history of cocaine from agricultural extract to the basis of global criminal empires.

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 1 SEP 2022

President Luis Abinader has vowed to root out corruption in the Dominican Republic. But this is much easier said than done.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC / 7 SEP 2022

Authorities in Arizona are sounding the alarm about the rising use of outsiders as drivers for human smuggling.

FEATURED / 20 SEP 2022

César Peralta, alias "El Abusador," became the most powerful and well-connected drug trafficker in the Dominican Republic.

COCAINE / 7 SEP 2022

The port of Caucedo, the Dominican Republic's main maritime entry point, is trying to fight back against a wave of cocaine.

COCAINE / 7 SEP 2022

In the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico, Carlos was trained to become a ruthless soldier for the Cárteles Unidos.

BARRIO 18 / 14 SEP 2022

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Pachenca

COLOMBIA / 20 OCT 2021

The Pachenca, also known as the Conquering Self-Defense Forces of the Sierra (Autodefensas Conquistadores de la Sierra), emerged following the demobilization of paramilitary blocs along Colombia’s Caribbean Coast.

Jimmy Chérizier, alias 'Barbecue'

CARIBBEAN / 19 AUG 2021

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

G9 and Family

CARIBBEAN / 8 JUL 2021

The G9 is a federation of the strongest gangs in Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, founded in 2020 by Jimmy Chérizier, alias "Barbecue."…

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Extensive Coverage of our Chronicles of a Cartel Bodyguard

23 SEP 2022

Our recent investigation, A Cartel Bodyguard in Mexico’s 'Hot Land', has received extensive media coverage.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime, American University Host Illegal Fishing Panel

19 SEP 2022

InSight Crime and the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University discussed the findings of a joint investigation on IUU fishing at a September 9 conference.

THE ORGANIZATION

Impact on the Media Landscape

9 SEP 2022

InSight Crime’s first investigation on the Dominican Republic made an immediate impact on the Dominican media landscape, with major news outlets republishing and reprinting our findings, including in …

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Sharpens Its Skills

2 SEP 2022

Last week, the InSight Crime team gathered for our annual retreat in Colombia, where we discussed our vision and strategy for the next 12 months.  During the week, we also learned how to…

THE ORGANIZATION

Colombia’s Fragile Path to Peace Begins to Take Shape

26 AUG 2022

InSight Crime is charting the progress of President Gustavo Petro’s agenda as he looks to revolutionize Colombia’s security policy, opening dialogue with guerrillas, reforming the military and police, and…