James Bargent

Elites-Backed Honduras Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years

ELITES AND CRIME / 15 MAR 2017

A court in Honduras has sentenced drug trafficker José Miguel "Chepe" Handal to 10 years in prison, bringing to a halt a criminal career that connected organized crime with Honduran…

Guatemala Drug Lord Still in US Custody Amid Debate Over Mental State

GUATEMALA / 7 MAR 2017

The "patriarch" of drug trafficking in Guatemala, Waldemar Lorenzana, was quietly released from US prison in 2015, it has emerged, adding a new twist to a saga that has reshaped…

Honduras Narco Testifies Ex-President Took Bribes From Traffickers

CACHIROS / 7 MAR 2017

One of the leaders of Honduran drug trafficking network the Cachiros has testified in court that he repeatedly bribed former President Porfirio Lobo, adding to the evidence suggesting drug traffickers…

Colombia Braces for Impact of Returning Drug Traffickers and Paramilitaries

AUC / 1 MAR 2017

The release of Colombian underworld boss "Perra loca" from a US prison is adding to fears that a flood of recently freed drug lords and paramilitaries could have a violent…

Bolivia Raises Coca Cultivation Limits, Widens Legal Supply-Demand Gap

BOLIVIA / 24 FEB 2017

Bolivia's government has agreed to raise permitted levels of legal coca production after violent protests by farmers, in a move that exacerbates the flaw in the country's otherwise largely successful…

Colombia Moves Against FARC Dissenters’ Criminal Assets

COLOMBIA / 24 FEB 2017

Authorities in Colombia have seized close to $100 million in assets allegedly belonging to FARC dissidents, as the state begins the mammoth task of identifying and dismantling the vast illicit…

Multilateral Cooperation Positive Sign for Odebrecht Investigations

BRAZIL / 20 FEB 2017

Prosecutors from 11 countries have met to coordinate their response to the Odebrecht corruption case, in an unusually strong showing of multilateral cooperation that is a positive sign for the…

Brazil to Compensate Prisoners Who Suffer From Overcrowding

BRAZIL / 17 FEB 2017

Brazil's Supreme Court has ruled the state must compensate prisoners held in overcrowded conditions, in a decision that could lead to an avalanche of legal claims but is unlikely to…

Trump’s Plan to Tackle Organized Crime Provides Bluster, No Substance

MEXICO / 14 FEB 2017

Donald Trump has targeted organized crime and drug cartels in a new executive order, but beyond the tough talk and bluster there is little to suggest the new US president…

Colombia’s Mirror: War and Drug Trafficking in the Prison System

AUC / 10 FEB 2017

Colombia's prisons are a reflection of the multiple conflicts that have plagued the country for the last half-century. Paramilitaries, guerrillas and drug trafficking groups have vied for control of the…

Veracruz, Mexico is LatAm’s Epicenter of Violence Against Journalists

HUMAN RIGHTS / 6 FEB 2017

Mexico's eastern state of Veracruz became the most dangerous place for journalists in Latin America during the regime of fugitive ex-governor Javier Duarte, according to a new report that illustrates…

New Calls to Prosecute Dutch Bank for Laundering Mexican Drug Money

MEXICO / 3 FEB 2017

Human rights campaigners have filed a criminal complaint against a Dutch bank accused of laundering money for drug cartels in Mexico, as civil society looks to address the failures 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. …

ANALYSIS

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…