Mimi Yagoub

US Drops Names From 'Kingpin' List, Accused of 'Lacking Rigor'

COLOMBIA / 27 FEB 2017

The United States has dropped almost two dozen Latin American entities from its notorious drug "kingpin" list, exemplifying how difficult it can be at times to distinguish between licit and…

Colombia’s Rural Communities Fight Growing Post-Conflict Threats

COCA / 24 FEB 2017

Colombia's rural communities stand to gain -- and potentially lose ­-- the most as the country's 50-year-old armed conflict turns a new leaf. Coca-growing communities fear that they will lose…

Venezuela 'Kingpin' Skimmed Millions From State Food Program: Report

ELITES AND CRIME / 22 FEB 2017

Reports have emerged that a Venezuelan businessman and alleged drug kingpin with ties to the sitting vice president imported state-controlled foods at hugely inflated prices, exemplifying the deep networks of…

Authorities Blame Gangs for the Bahamas’ Bloody Start to 2017

CARIBBEAN / 16 FEB 2017

A wave of gang-related murders in the Bahamas has forced the military onto the streets, a worrying development in a country where violence is reaching critical levels.

Plea Deal Lands Colombia Drug Boss Light Sentence in US Court

COLOMBIA / 15 FEB 2017

A Colombian drug boss whose surrender to US authorities helped decimate what was once among the country's most powerful criminal organizations has negotiated his way into receiving just a nine-year…

Paraguay Seizes 25 Tons of Venezuela Currency

CONTRABAND / 14 FEB 2017

Paraguay has seized 25 metric tons of Venezuelan currency, an illustration of how this soon to be worthless cash is highly valuable to counterfeiters looking to convert it into US…

El Salvador Govt Unlikely to Accept MS13 Dialogue Proposal

EL SALVADOR / 12 JAN 2017

Following the proposal by one of El Salvador's main gangs to start a dialogue with the government that could end in the group's dissolution, several political leaders have expressed resistance…

Intl Court Condemns Colombia for Bloody 2002 Military Operation

AUC / 11 JAN 2017

An international court's condemnation of the Colombian state's role in an infamous military operation in the city of Medellín speaks to the failings of militarizing the fight against illegal armed…

Most Mexicans Think Police 'Controlled by Org Crime': Poll

INFOGRAPHICS / 10 JAN 2017

A recent opinion poll in Mexico reveals an embarrassing lack of public trust in security forces, exemplifying yet again how institutional failures risk boosting support for problematic responses to insecurity…

Can Colombia Meet Its Huge 2017 Coca Eradication Goal?

COCA / 9 JAN 2017

Colombia has outlined plans to mitigate surging coca cultivations -- one of the biggest threats to lasting peace in the country -- as the FARC guerrillas' demobilization process moves slowly…

GameChangers 2016: Gang Evolution in Central America's Southern Gateway

BAGDAD / 9 JAN 2017

When it comes to Central America, all eyes are usually on the Northern Triangle. But 2016 saw local organized crime in Costa Rica and Panama -- traditionally oases…

Colombia Will Deploy Army to Former FARC Areas in January 2017

COLOMBIA / 20 DEC 2016

Colombia's security forces will be cracking down on dissident elements of the FARC and occupying territories abandoned by demobilized guerrillas, but doubts remain as to whether they have the capacity…

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Criminal Enterprise on the High Seas

12 AUG 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the second half of an extensive investigation into Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing that plagues the waters of nine Latin American countries. Among the stories were how…

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Oceans Pillaged in Central America and the Caribbean

5 AUG 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the first installment of a nine-part investigation uncovering the hidden depths of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Latin America. The first installment covered Central America and…

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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…