James Bargent

Peru's Turtle Traffickers Operate Under Veneer of Legality

CHINA AND CRIME / 14 MAY 2021

The taricaya turtle conservation program in northern Peru has been heralded as bringing an endangered species back from the brink of extinction while protecting millions of hectares of rainforest from…

The Italian Mafia and the Move Upstream

AUC / 9 FEB 2021

Operation ‘Tiburón Galloway’ began as a local investigation by prosecutors in the Italian region of Calabria in 2001, but quickly snowballed into a multinational, multiagency investigation.

The Colombian Cocaine Shift to Europe: the Business No-Brainer

COCAINE / 9 FEB 2021

In 1989, Los Angeles police transformed Europe's cocaine trade when they broke open a padlock guarding a Californian warehouse.

Esmeraldas: An Ecuador Province Gripped by Drug Conflict

DRUG POLICY / 5 NOV 2019

For the Ecuadorean province of Esmeraldas on the Pacific side of the Colombia border, 2019 began with a warning that the horrors of the past year were no aberration.

The Colombian Mafia

COLOMBIA / 13 MAR 2018

The Colombian mafia comprises networks of localized and shadowy groups and figures involved in illicit economies.

What Is the Mexican Cartels' Strategy for Post-FARC Colombia?

COLOMBIA / 26 FEB 2018

Alerts about the growing involvement of Mexican cartels with armed groups and drug trafficking in Colombia are raising questions about what role Mexican organized crime is taking in the post-FARC…

Controversial Venezuela Official Named 'Protector' of Colombia Border State

VENEZUELA / 6 FEB 2018

The Venezuelan government has placed control of a volatile border state in the hands of a controversial figure known for his relations with armed groups, in a move with strategic…

Corruption and Impunity Allegations Seed Doubts for Second Term of Honduras President

HONDURAS / 26 JAN 2018

New corruption and impunity allegations emerging on the eve of the inauguration of Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández have cast doubt over his supposed security successes and set a deeply…

European Cocaine Seizures Hint at New Possibilities for Colombia Traffickers

COCAINE / 19 JAN 2018

Major cocaine seizures in Spain, Portugal and Ecuador illustrate the European cocaine pipeline that has become a central part of the operations of Colombian drug traffickers, and which could represent…

Report Exposes Inner Workings of Timber Trafficking in Peru

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 9 NOV 2017

A new report into an emblematic case of timber trafficking in Peru highlights the corruption and fraud that continue to sabotage attempts to crack down on a trade that is…

Time Running Out for Colombia Congress to Pass FARC Peace Legislation

COLOMBIA / 6 NOV 2017

Time is running out for Colombia's government to establish the legal framework for implementing a peace agreement with the now-former insurgents of the FARC guerrilla group. Failure to do would…

US Secures Confession in Panama Waked Money Laundering Case

MONEY LAUNDERING / 23 OCT 2017

The Waked money laundering investigation that has rocked the Panamanian establishment has recorded its first successful prosecution, but US authorities remain some way from proving their most serious allegations against…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…