NEWS

From Worst to Best - Anti-Money Laundering Capabilities in Latin America

BRAZIL / 7 FEB 2023

A new report points out how the success rate in fighting money laundering across Latin America varies widely from country to country.

NEWS

Violence Against Women Regular Tactic for Venezuela Criminal Groups

GENDER AND CRIME / 6 FEB 2023

Femicides in Venezuela have become a common tactic for organized crime groups, targeting partners and relatives of rivals.

NEWS

Record Cocaine Seizures in Colombia as Government Negotiates with Traffickers

COCAINE / 3 FEB 2023

Colombia's negotiations with a range of criminal groups, as part of the Total Peace plan, will be complicated by record cocaine seizures.

NEWS

Latin America Makes Little Progress Against Corruption

COSTA RICA / 2 FEB 2023

Countries across Latin America continue to make stubbornly little progress in the fight against corruption.

NEWS

Sticks and Carrots: Lula's Balancing Act in Brazil's Crime-Wracked Amazon

BRAZIL / 1 FEB 2023

Brazil's president Lula is acting quickly to kick out illegal miners and loggers from the Amazon. But the right economic solutions are needed.

NEWS

Haiti Gangs Embrace Political and Police Chaos

ELITES AND CRIME / 31 JAN 2023

Haiti's security crisis is about to see another major evolution as gangs look to become the de facto authority in much of the country.

NEWS

Southern Mexico Extortion Suggests Migration of Central American Gangs 

BARRIO 18 / 30 JAN 2023

While thousands of gang members have been arrested in El Salvador, some may have moved their activities to Mexico.

NEWS

CJNG Control of Illegal Mining in Michoacán, Mexico, Claiming Indigenous Lives

ILLEGAL MINING / 27 JAN 2023

With cartels like the CJNG muscling in on illegal mining in Michoacán, Mexico, Indigenous community members continue to suffer.

NEWS

Otoniel Pleads Guilty: Farewell to Colombia's Narco Old Guard

COLOMBIA / 26 JAN 2023

Otoniel, the fallen head of the Urabeños crime syndicate, has pleaded guilty in New York. His trial will mark the end of an era.

NEWS

Ecuador's Navy Grappling With Mounting Evidence of Criminal Collusion

COCAINE / 26 JAN 2023

Corrupt Navy troops in Ecuador can be highly useful for drug traffickers, either to protect cocaine shipments or to simply let them pass.

Featured Reporting and Analysis

Local drug sales in Sinaloa’s capital city are controlled by one of the most notorious and powerful organized crime families in Mexico.

CHAPITOS / 6 DEC 2022

The shift from plant-based to synthetic drugs has upended the relationship between small farmers and crime groups in Mexico’s Golden Triangle.

MARIJUANA / 6 DEC 2022

Colombian President Gustavo Petro's Total Peace plan faces a very tough road ahead. Can over 20 criminal groups really all commit to peace?…

COLOMBIA / 28 DEC 2022

El Salvador's ruthless gang crackdown has led to mass incarceration and human rights abuses. But will it be replicated elsewhere?…

BARRIO 18 / 26 DEC 2022

In response to changes in the international marijuana trade, Mexico-based drug trafficking groups have shifted their strategies.

CHAPITOS / 6 DEC 2022

To Desafio, the Barrio 18 gang in Honduras was everything. It provided a family, a sense of belonging. Until his life grew increasingly violent.

BARRIO 18 / 17 JAN 2023

Stay Informed with Weekly InSight

Our newsletter provides a weekly digest of the latest organized crime news, helping you to stay up-to-date on major events, trends and criminal dynamics from across the region.

Subscribe

Help Investigate Organized Crime in the Americas

We at InSight Crime investigate organized crime on the ground. What we do is dangerous and costly, and for that reason, we need resources. Support independent journalism.

icon
image

Browse by Country

A country-by-country breakdown of the news as well as key criminal groups and players across Latin America and the Caribbean.

VIEW MAP

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Escaping Barrio 18

27 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an investigation charting the story of Desafío, a 28-year-old Barrio 18 gang member who is desperate to escape gang life. But there’s one problem: he’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

Europe Coverage Makes a Splash

20 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an analysis of the role of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as an arrival hub for cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico.  The article was picked up by…

THE ORGANIZATION

World Looks to InSight Crime for Mexico Expertise

13 JAN 2023

Our coverage of the arrest of Chapitos’ co-founder Ovidio Guzmán López in Mexico has received worldwide attention.In the UK, outlets including The Independent and BBC…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Shares Expertise with US State Department

16 DEC 2022

Last week, InSight Crime Co-founder Steven Dudley took part in the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor and…

THE ORGANIZATION

Immediate Response to US-Mexico Marijuana Investigation

9 DEC 2022

InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…