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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Extensive Coverage of our Chronicles of a Cartel Bodyguard

23 SEP 2022

Our recent investigation, A Cartel Bodyguard in Mexico’s 'Hot Land', has received extensive media coverage.

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InSight Crime, American University Host Illegal Fishing Panel

19 SEP 2022

InSight Crime and the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University discussed the findings of a joint investigation on IUU fishing at a September 9 conference.

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Impact on the Media Landscape

9 SEP 2022

InSight Crime’s first investigation on the Dominican Republic made an immediate impact on the Dominican media landscape, with major news outlets republishing and reprinting our findings, including in …

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InSight Crime Sharpens Its Skills

2 SEP 2022

Last week, the InSight Crime team gathered for our annual retreat in Colombia, where we discussed our vision and strategy for the next 12 months.  During the week, we also learned how to…

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Colombia’s Fragile Path to Peace Begins to Take Shape

26 AUG 2022

InSight Crime is charting the progress of President Gustavo Petro’s agenda as he looks to revolutionize Colombia’s security policy, opening dialogue with guerrillas, reforming the military and police, and…