Alessandro Ford

The Battle to Save Brazil's Freshwater Giant, the Arapaima

BRAZIL / 15 DEC 2021

As the world’s largest freshwater fish, the arapaima, is being targeted by poachers in Brazil, Indigenous communities are doing their best to protect it.  …

How Mexican Cartels Settled in Canada

CANADA / 13 DEC 2021

The story of the Mexican cartels and their influence abroad has mostly focused on the United States. But a number of Mexican groups have headed farther north, embedding themselves in…

Ireland Seizures Highlight Growing Role in Cocaine Trade

COCAINE / 1 DEC 2021

Irish authorities have made a string of large cocaine seizures this year, amid signs the island is becoming increasingly important to European and Latin American traffickers…

Cocaine Seizures Soar as Hong Kong Becomes Regional Drug Hub

CHINA AND CRIME / 15 NOV 2021

A string of large seizures of cocaine underscores Hong Kong’s growing role as a regional import point and consumer market.

LatAm Synthetic Drug Trade Booming: UNODC Report

BRAZIL / 2 NOV 2021

Organized crime groups in Latin America continue to expand into illicit synthetic drug production, including mass manufacturing of methamphetamine and fentanyl in Mexico, and experiments with synthesizing party drugs in…

Brazil's Santa Catarina Becoming Country's MDMA Hub

BRAZIL / 28 SEP 2021

Authorities have made Brazil's largest ever-seizure of ecstasy in the southern state of Santa Catarina in the latest example of how the production of the synthetic drug is spreading rapidly…

South Korea Becomes Transit Point for Mexican Methamphetamine

COCAINE / 16 SEP 2021

South Korean authorities have arrested a drug trafficker suspected of importing up to a ton of methamphetamine from Mexico for re-export to Australia, displaying how Mexican synthetic drugs continue to…

South Africa Raises Profile as Cocaine Trafficking Hub

BRAZIL / 14 SEP 2021

South Africa has made a rapid succession of large cocaine seizures in recent months, illuminating how the country and region now play a significant role as transit points for Latin…

Hashish, Wax, THC Oil: Latin America’s Marijuana Markets Diversify

CHILE / 25 AUG 2021

A series of seizures and drug raids across Latin America have revealed how previously niche high-strength marijuana products are establishing themselves within the region’s drug markets.

Balkan Gangs Supervise Cocaine Trade from Colombia and Across Europe

COCAINE / 17 AUG 2021

A cell within a notorious Montenegrin cocaine trafficking group has been dismantled on Spain’s Canary Islands, demonstrating how Balkan drug smugglers may be utilizing their Latin American connections to re-position…

Vigilante Death Squad Sends Bloody Message in Brazil-Paraguay Border Region

BRAZIL / 9 AUG 2021

A shadowy vigilante death squad operating on the Brazil-Paraguay border is killing supposed thieves and then leaving notes next to their mutilated bodies -- a macabre message even for a…

How Dominican Gangs Became Major Security Threat in Spain

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 2 AUG 2021

Spiraling violence around Madrid is being blamed on the fracturing and spread of Dominican gangs, which have become Spain's primary urban security threat.

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Guatemala Social Insecurity Investigation Makes Front Page News

10 DEC 2021

InSight Crime’s latest investigation into a case of corruption within Guatemala's social security agency linked to the deaths of patients with kidney disease made waves in…

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Venezuela El Dorado Investigation Makes Headlines

3 DEC 2021

InSight Crime's investigation into the trafficking of illegal gold in Venezuela's Amazon region generated impact on both social media and in the press. Besides being republished and mentioned by several…

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Gender and Investigative Techniques Focus of Workshops

26 NOV 2021

On November 23-24, InSight Crime conducted a workshop called “How to Cover Organized Crime: Investigation Techniques and A Focus on Gender.” The session convened reporters and investigators from a dozen…

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InSight Crime Names Two New Board Members

19 NOV 2021

In recent weeks, InSight Crime added two new members to its board. Joy Olson is the former executive director of the Washington Office on Latin America…

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Senate Commission in Paraguay Cites InSight Crime

12 NOV 2021

InSight Crime’s reporting and investigations often reach the desks of diplomats, security officials and politicians. The latest example occurred in late October during a commission of Paraguay's Senate that tackled…