Héctor Silva Ávalos

Attack on Top Court Threatens Constitutional Crisis in Guatemala

ELITES AND CRIME / 7 JUL 2020

Guatemalan congressmen and political operators -- two of whom face criminal charges -- are reportedly undermining the country's top court, prompting a US senator to warn of a constitutional crisis…

Airspace Law Further Exposes Contradictory US-Honduras Drug Partnership

COCAINE / 8 JUN 2020

The approval of a new law targeting drug planes will afford the Honduras government improved access to US counternarcotics intelligence at a time when US prosecutors have repeatedly alleged the…

Amigos dos Amigos

AMIGOS DOS AMIGOS / 2018-03-30

Amigos dos Amigos is a criminal group based in Brazil’s second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro. The organization was formed in the late 1990s by ex-members of the powerful Red Command…

Negotiations Between El Salvador Govt, MS13 Prove Elusive

EL SALVADOR / 1 FEB 2017

The administration of El Salvador President Salvador Sánchez Cerén insists that it will not negotiate with the MS13 gang, which made a public proposal at the beginning of January that…

El Salvador Church Offers to Mediate Resolution With Gangs

BARRIO 18 / 17 JAN 2017

In a first, top representatives of El Salvador's powerful and influential Catholic Church have said the Church would be willing to serve as a mediator in an eventual dialogue between…

The Lucky ‘Kingpin’: How ‘Chepe Diablo’ Has (So Far) Ridiculed Justice

CHEPE DIABLO / 9 DEC 2016

José Adán Salazar Umaña is the only Salvadoran citizen currently on the US government's Kingpin List. But in his defense, Salazar Umaña claims is he is an honorable businessman who…

In About-Face, El Salvador Govt Reopens ‘Chepe Diablo’ Case

CHEPE DIABLO / 7 DEC 2016

When Luis Martínez was the Attorney General in 2015, he ordered his subordinates to shelve the money laundering investigation against businessman José Adán Salazar Umaña. Now, with Martínez out and…

US Treasury Blacklists MS13 Leaders

EL SALVADOR / 17 APR 2015

The latest designations bring the number of El Salvadoran gang members blacklisted by the United States for forming part of international criminal organizations to ten. …

The Stalled Money Laundering Case against El Salvador’s ‘Chepe Diablo’

CHEPE DIABLO / 6 NOV 2014

The financial records and bank accounts of Texis Cartel leader Jose Adan Salazar Umaña are full of holes, according to audits linked to a tax evasion probe against him, but the…

The Fixer and El Salvador’s Missed Opportunity

EL SALVADOR / 6 MAR 2014

In the photograph, they are both smiling. In the foreground, on the left hand side, a man in a short-sleeved buttoned white shirt, jeans and a metal watch, holds a…

How an El Salvador Drug Trafficker Smuggled Cocaine Into the US

EL SALVADOR / 6 MAR 2014

The woman phoned the office of the antinarcotics division (DAN) in Bolivar, in El Salvador's La Union province, on August 13, 2008, at 1:30 PM. Investigators later established that what…

Operation Chameleon in El Salvador: Anatomy of a Failure

EL SALVADOR / 5 MAR 2014

The experience with Jose Natividad "Chepe" Luna -- the drug trafficker who had eluded a giant dragnet in 2004 -- had demonstrated that the leaks from the National Police of…

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InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

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InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…