James Bargent

Report Breaks Down 15 Years of Bloodshed in Colombia’s Murder Capital

COLOMBIA / 28 NOV 2016

A new analysis of 15 years of homicide statistics in Colombia's most violent city, Cali, highlights the direct correlation between underworld evolutions and violence in the country.

Argentina, Paraguay Smugglers Use Drug Routes for Contraband Soybeans

ARGENTINA / 14 NOV 2016

Paraguay is exporting more soybeans than it produces in a tell-tale sign of a booming contraband smuggling trade that utilizes the same cross-border blindspots as drug trafficking in the region.

Oil Company Corruption Scandal Threatens Ecuador’s Political Elite

ECUADOR / 7 NOV 2016

Interpol has joined the hunt for a former Ecuadorian government minister and head of its state oil company, who is on the run from a corruption scandal that echoes Brazil's…

Cattle Smuggling Defies Drop in Colombia-Venezuela Contraband

COLOMBIA / 7 NOV 2016

Police in Colombia have seized over 1,800 cows smuggled into the country from Venezuela so far this year, shining a light on one of the few contraband sectors still thriving…

Honduras Police Purge Turns to Lawyers Who Wiped Records

HONDURAS / 4 NOV 2016

Authorities in Honduras are investigating legal officials who allegedly accepted bribes to wipe clean the records of officers removed from their posts in a police purge, exposing a new layer…

Sex Traffickers Cash in on Surge of Cuban Migrants to US

CUBA / 4 NOV 2016

The case of a sex trafficking ring that ensnared Cuban women in prostitution in Miami suggests human traffickers are capitalizing on the recent surge of Cubans seeking entry to the…

Are EPL Narco-Guerrillas Expanding Across Colombia?

COLOMBIA / 24 OCT 2016

The narco-guerrillas of the EPL are expanding both in their traditional stronghold and across Colombia according to a new investigation, which suggests the group could be seeking to capitalize on…

Venezuela Political Crisis Could Empower Criminal Actors

VENEZUELA / 24 OCT 2016

Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly declared that the country has suffered a coup after the government blocked efforts to push for a recall of the president, deepening a political crisis that…

Northwest Mexico Erupts in Violence in Next Generation Cartel Wars

JALISCO CARTEL / 20 OCT 2016

A bloody cartel war raging in the state of Baja California Sur hints at the new strategies and alliances forming as Mexico's fragmented underworld reorganizes.

Judge Working El Chapo Case Murdered in Mexico

EL CHAPO / 19 OCT 2016

A federal judge involved in the case of drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has been assassinated in Mexico, in a rare example of violence against high level Mexican judicial officials.

DEA Operation Reveals Hezbollah-Colombia Connection

COLOMBIA / 12 OCT 2016

A DEA sting has uncovered an alleged money laundering ring linked to Colombian drug traffickers and Lebanese militants Hezbollah, in the latest example of the nexus between Latin American organized…

Colombia Announces Start of Official Talks With ELN Guerrillas

COLOMBIA / 11 OCT 2016

Colombia has announced the official start of long-delayed peace talks with the ELN guerrillas, a move that may be intended to give momentum to the stalled peace process with the…

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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…