James Bargent

‘Corruptionary’ Provides a Guide to Mexico’s Vocabulary of Corruption

MEXICO / 2 FEB 2017

Activists in Mexico have created the world's first "Corruptionary," a wry collection of Mexican lexicon regarding graft that carries a serious message about just how deeply ingrained corruption and crime…

Trump Exemplifies Regional Trend of Blaming Crime on Migrants

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2017

New US President Donald Trump has ordered the construction of a border wall to keep out what he has labelled the "drug dealers, criminals and rapists" from Mexico. But while…

Peru Launches Dual Strategy to Tackle Illegal Mining Boom

ILLEGAL MINING / 20 JAN 2017

Peru's government is targeting the illegal gold trade by declaring illegal mining an organized crime activity while launching a new formalization program for miners, in a carrot and stick strategy…

Fraud, Contraband Equivalent to 3.5% of Guatemala GDP: Report

ELITES AND CRIME / 20 JAN 2017

Profits from customs fraud and contraband in Guatemala amounted to almost $2.3 billion in 2015 according to a new report, highlighting how commercial crime networks extend far beyond the operations…

Argentina Drug Law Reforms Target Cocaine Paste

ARGENTINA / 9 JAN 2017

Argentina's government is seeking drug law reforms targeting cocaine paste that combine a crackdown on sellers with treatment for users, but officials may find it difficult to strike the proper…

Mexico State Oil Workers Involved in Fuel Theft: Police

MEXICO / 9 JAN 2017

As Mexico is rocked by protests against a hike in fuel prices, authorities have highlighted the collusion and corruption facilitating the fuel theft that costs the Mexican state oil company…

El Salvador Fake Agents Scam Indicative of DEA Image Problem

EL SALVADOR / 21 DEC 2016

Authorities in El Salvador have arrested two men for allegedly impersonating Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in an extortion scheme, in a case that reflects the shady image that often…

Mexico Vigilantes Seize Mother of Crime Boss in Hostage Showdown

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 16 DEC 2016

A vigilante militia has become involved in a hostage standoff with an organized crime network in southwest Mexico, as the competition for booming criminal profits in a fragmented underworld continues…

Islamic Terror Groups, LatAm Crime in ‘Marriage of Convenience’: Report

BRAZIL / 16 DEC 2016

A new report warns Latin America against believing it can remain above the fray of conflicts involving radical Islamic groups, although the evidence suggests the threat such networks pose is…

Impact of Colombia’s Cocaine Boom Hits the US: DEA

COLOMBIA / 8 DEC 2016

Cocaine use and availability is on the rise in the United States for the first time in nearly a decade, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as…

Report Slams Colombia’s Failure to Control Prison Overcrowding

COLOMBIA / 29 NOV 2016

A report by Colombia's Comptroller General details the state's failure to control runaway overcrowding in prisons despite major investments, highlighting the deep-rooted issues that Latin American states consistently fail to…

Stolen Guns Fuel El Salvador Black Market for Arms

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 28 NOV 2016

More than four guns were stolen every day in El Salvador over the last six years, according to a new report that highlights one of the sources of black market…

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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…

ANALYSIS

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…