Héctor Silva Ávalos

First Capital Command – PCC

BRAZIL / MARCH 9, 2020

The First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital – PCC) was inspired by the Red Command (Comando Vermelho). Both criminal organizations were formed by prisoners as self-protection groups in Brazil's…

Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, alias ‘Nem’

AMIGOS DOS AMIGOS / 2018-04-04

Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, alias “Nem,” led the Amigos dos Amigos gang in Rocinha, a neighborhood of some 150,000 residents in the southern part of Rio de Janeiro that is…

Timing in Arrest of Salvadoran Drug Trafficker Raises Questions

EL SALVADOR / 20 MAR 2013

With the recent capture of a Salvadoran drug trafficker, Central America stands to lose one of its most powerful "transportistas." But the timing of the arrest only serves to highlight…

The Heirs to El Salvador’s Cocaine Trade: A Christmas Meeting

EL SALVADOR / 24 JAN 2013

Two days before Christmas Eve 2012, a group of gang members and state intelligence agents met with the Flores Escobar brothers, nephews of Reynerio Flores Lazo, the jailed boss of the…

The Day El Salvador’s Police Captured ‘El Burro’

EL SALVADOR / 16 NOV 2012

Hector Silva Avalos, Salvadoran journalist and current resident fellow at American University's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS), tells the story of a botched attempt to…

FBL/FPLN

FBL / JULY 15, 2019

The Patriotic Forces of National Liberation (FPLN) is a guerrilla group based in western Venezuela, along the border with Colombia. It is also commonly known by its previous acronym: the…

BACRIM in Venezuela

ÁGUILAS NEGRAS / 2015-04-07 22:29:39

Various criminal groups made up of former Colombian paramilitaries, known as BACRIM, are present in Venezuela, using the country to run drug trafficking operations, process cocaine, and stash drugs and arms.

The Well-Placed Friends of ‘Chepe Luna’

CHEPE LUNA / 31 AUG 2012

Following the arrest and speedy release of Salvadoran drug kingpin 'Chepe Luna,' analyst Hector Silva Avalos looks back at the trafficker's friends in high places who have helped Luna…

How Police Corruption Let Salvador Kingpin Escape

CHEPE LUNA / 8 AUG 2012

Salvadoran diplomat Hector Silva Avalos tells the story of a botched operation to capture the drug lord known as 'Chepe Luna,' leader of the Perrones drug gang. Its failure points…

Drug Agents’ Deaths Shed Light on El Salvador’s Drug Trade

EL SALVADOR / 22 MAY 2012

In the first of a two-part series, Salvadoran diplomat Hector Silva Avalos describes the murder of a narcotics investigator in eastern El Salvador at the hands of drug traffickers, illustrating…

José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias ‘Chepe Diablo’

CHEPE DIABLO / 2017-05-04 16:38:54

José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," does not fit the normal profile of a criminal leader. As the former president of the first division of Salvadoran soccer and…

José Natividad Luna Pereira, alias ‘Chepe Luna’

CHEPE LUNA / 2020-03-10 22:29:20

Once the most powerful boss of the Perrones "transportista" syndicate, Jose Natividad Luna Pereira, alias "Chepe Luna," was murdered in Honduras in June 2014. Before his death, Luna built a…

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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…