James Bargent

11 Killed in Weekend of Violence in Chihuahua, Mexico

MEXICO / 10 DEC 2012

Heavily armed men took over a municipality in the state of Chihuahua over the weekend, unleashing a wave of violence that left 11 dead, underscoring the scale of the task…

Ecuador Maritime Drug Smuggling up 90%: Ex-Intelligence Chief

ECUADOR / 5 DEC 2012

A former head of Ecuadorean military intelligence claimed there had been a 90 percent increase in the number of maritime drug trafficking routes out of Ecuador in the last seven…

Ex-Colombian Intelligence Head Gets 13 Years Prison for Drug Ties

COLOMBIA / 4 DEC 2012

A former intelligence head of the Colombian Army has been given a 13-year prison sentence for his role in drug trafficking, highlighting the close ties between organized crime and…

Honduran Police Responsible for 149 Deaths in 2 Years: Report

HONDURAS / 4 DEC 2012

A new report shows 149 people have died at the hands of the Honduran police in the last 23 months, highlighting the urgent need for reform efforts, which are currently…

Bomb Raids Kills 22 FARC Guerrillas

COLOMBIA / 3 DEC 2012

At least 22 FARC guerrillas were killed by aerial bombardments against rebel camps throughout Colombia, in an assault that will test the guerrillas' commitment to their unilateral…

Honduras Seizes Largest Ever Drug Shipment

HONDURAS / 30 NOV 2012

Honduran authorities have seized an estimated 15 tons of illegal drugs in the largest haul in the country's history, highlighting its increasingly central role in the international drug trade.

Mexican Armed Group Burns Down Sinaloa Village

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 29 NOV 2012

A village in Sinaloa, Mexico was burned to the ground by armed men in an attack likely linked to the ongoing battle between the Beltran Leyva…

El Salvador Truce Mediators Call for Repeal of Anti-Gang Law

BARRIO 18 / 28 NOV 2012

Mediators of the El Salvador gang truce say a controversial anti-gang law should be repealed, once again calling into question the iron first policies implemented in El Salvador…

Colombia’s Urabeños Expand Presence in Panama

COLOMBIA / 28 NOV 2012

Colombia's neo-paramilitary Urabeños are strengthening their presence across the border in Panama, expanding their influence over a key drug shipment route with easy access to money…

UN Agrees to LatAm’s Calls for Debate on Global Drug Policy

COLOMBIA / 28 NOV 2012

The United Nations General Assembly has backed a proposal put forth by several Latin American countries to debate alternative approaches to the war on drugs, a move which could raise…

Mexican Beauty Queen Dies in Military-Gang Shootout

EL CHAPO / 27 NOV 2012

The death of Miss Sinaloa 2012 in a shootout between the Mexican military and suspects linked to the Sinaloa Cartel points to the links between organized crime and…

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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…