James Bargent

Mexico Prison Massacre Linked to Zetas Takeover Allegations

MEXICO / 11 OCT 2017

At least 13 people have died in a prison mutiny in north Mexico that some witnesses claim was a backlash against an attempted takeover of the prison by the Zetas,…

Guatemala’s CICIG Takes on Third President With New Corruption Allegations

CIACS / 6 OCT 2017

Guatemala's anti-impunity body the CICIG has made dramatic new allegations in the case of the so-called "king" of Guatemala's prison system, implicating one of the most powerful politicians in the…

Poll Suggests Crime, Corruption Weakening LatAm Faith in Democracy

ELITES AND CRIME / 3 OCT 2017

Nearly 40 percent of citizens in the Americas would support a military coup to tackle high levels of crime or corruption, according to a new public opinion survey that illustrates…

Mass Displacements on the Rise as Colombia’s War Recedes

COLOMBIA / 27 SEP 2017

Monitoring groups in Colombia say the number of mass displacements in the country has increased in 2017 despite the end of the conflict between the state and the FARC guerrillas,…

Proposed US Gang Deportation Law Could Sweep Up Innocents

SECURITY POLICY / 18 SEP 2017

The US House of Representatives has backed a bill designed to facilitate the deportation of suspected gang members, which could affect the many immigrants misidentified as gang members in notoriously…

What Is Behind Killings in Venezuela Illegal Mining Regions?

ILLEGAL MINING / 15 SEP 2017

State forces have reportedly been responsible for a wave of killings in Venezuela's illegal mining zones, sparking questions over whether they are combating criminal networks, clearing the way for multinationals…

EU Money Laundering Analysis Offers Lessons for Latin America

EUROPE CRIME / 11 SEP 2017

A new report by the European police agency Europol examines why so much suspect financial activity results in so few money laundering prosecutions, and offers recommendations to improve the success…

New Allegations Could Edge Venezuela President Closer to Criminal Charges

ELITES AND CRIME / 31 AUG 2017

Venezuela's renegade ex-attorney general has said she has given US prosecutors evidence that personally implicates President Nicolás Maduro in criminal activities, bringing the embattled leader closer to criminal charges that…

Report Breaks Down Paraguay to Brazil Cigarette Smuggling Trail

BRAZIL / 22 AUG 2017

A new investigation into the cigarette smuggling trail between Paraguay and Brazil lays out the inner workings of a criminal economy that generates huge profits for everyone from sophisticated organized…

Colombia’s EPL Guerrillas Invade Venezuela Border Region: Report

COLOMBIA / 22 AUG 2017

Colombia's EPL guerrillas have reportedly taken over territory across the border with Venezuela, driving out the Venezuelan military and confronting neo-paramilitary groups in an offensive that, if confirmed, represents a…

Colombia Takes Down Human Smuggling Ring Linked to Urabeños

COLOMBIA / 18 AUG 2017

Authorities in Colombia have struck against what appears to be one of the largest and most sophisticated human smuggling rings seen in the region recently, an indication that Colombia is…

Venezuela Moves Against Dissidents as Organized Crime Infects Border Region

VENEZUELA / 18 AUG 2017

Authorities in Venezuela have accused the country's ousted attorney general of running a multimillion-dollar extortion ring, while events on the Colombian border highlight how such political battles are distracting justice…

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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…