James Bargent

FARC Peace Talks and Drug Trafficking: Uribe’s Nuclear Option

COLOMBIA / 10 OCT 2016

As former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe digs his claws into the carefully crafted peace agreement between Colombia's government and the FARC guerrillas, the debate over prosecuting rebel commanders for drug…

Peace in Colombia Could Mean Violence in Venezuela

ELN / 30 SEP 2016

The political opposition in Venezuela has warned that Colombia's peace deal with the FARC guerrillas could lead to an influx of fighters into Venezuela, a serious concern given the rebels'…

Reports of Kidnapping in Venezuela Nearly Double in 2016

KIDNAPPING / 30 SEP 2016

The number of recorded kidnappings in Venezuela has increased by 88 percent over the last year, according to new figures, which help to quantify a security crisis that has all…

CentAm Migrants Suffer Brunt of Mexico Crackdown: Report

EL SALVADOR / 26 SEP 2016

Mexico's crackdown against Central American migrants has increased human rights violations and crimes against the migrants, according to a new report, suggesting it is the vulnerable rather than the human…

Revelations Add to Guatemala President’s Corruption Woes

ELITES AND CRIME / 23 SEP 2016

New revelations about the alleged dealings between the son of Guatemala's vice president and an alleged drug lord further undermine President Jimmy Morales' anti-corruption credentials.

Arrest of Top Narco-Guerrilla Could Spark Turmoil in East Colombia

COLOMBIA / 16 SEP 2016

Authorities have captured what they say is the maximum leader of the EPL narco-guerrilla network operating in Colombia's coca heartland of Catatumbo, a move that could cause further upheaval in…

FARC Leaders Assemble in Colombia for Rebel’s Final Conference

COLOMBIA / 16 SEP 2016

Colombia's FARC guerrillas are assembling for their 10th and final conference, marking the last days of Latin America's most powerful insurgency -- and one of its biggest criminal organizations.

Venezuela Overcomes Shortages by Shopping in Prison

PRISONS / 23 AUG 2016

A newspaper investigation exposed how a prison in Venezuela has become a thriving marketplace for the basic goods in short supply throughout the country, a brazen display of how prison…

Mexico Minister Says US Gun Control Laws Fuel Criminal Violence

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 23 AUG 2016

Mexico's foreign minister has blamed lax US gun control laws for the flood of illegal weapons into the country, in an unusually frank assessment of the impact of US domestic…

Gas Smugglers Busted as Colombia-Venezuela Contraband in Flux

COLOMBIA / 15 AUG 2016

Authorities in Colombia have dismantled what they claim to be the biggest gasoline smuggling network operating along the Venezuela border, a blow against smuggling that comes at a time when…

Traffickers Evolving More Sophisticated Drug Mule Operations

COLOMBIA / 15 AUG 2016

Spanish police have broken up a network that allegedly moved cocaine from Colombia to Spain using a sophisticated and innovative twist on a classic method -- the drug mule --…

Will Colombia Say No to Peace With the FARC?

COLOMBIA / 9 AUG 2016

Conflicting poll data emerging from Colombia has brought into focus one of the main hurdles remaining for a peace deal with the country's FARC guerrillas -- convincing the Colombian people…

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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…