Memo Fantasma Freed from Colombian Prison
Guillermo León Acevedo Giraldo, alias "Memo Fantasma," has been granted his liberty from a maximum-security prison in Bogotá.
Memo Fantasma to Walk, Thanks to Colombian Prosecutor
Paramilitary drug lord, alias “Memo Fantasma” or “Will the Ghost,” may soon walk out of prison in Colombia, after the prosecutor fumbled two hearings designed to keep the accused in…
Memo Fantasma May Walk Out of Prison: Corruption or Incompetence?
The former paramilitary commander and drug lord, alias “Memo Fantasma,” may walk out of prison in Colombia on June 28.
Memo Fantasma Faces Up to 40 Years as Lawyer Also Investigated
Alleged drug trafficker alias "Memo Fantasma" or "Will the Ghost," was formally charged during a March 9 virtual audience, of money laundering and criminal conspiracy. His lawyer also appears to…
GameChangers 2021: Long on Criminality, Short on Democracy in Year to Come
Prediction of the criminal dynamics for 2022 is even harder than most years, as it involves predicting the march of coronavirus. Organized crime does not exist in a bubble.
Memo Fantasma Wants Out of Prison in Colombia
Accused paramilitary drug lord “Memo Fantasma,” or “Will the Ghost,” has petitioned a judge to be let out of a Colombian prison while he awaits trial. Worth millions of dollars…
The Future of the Cocaine Trade to Europe
The flow of cocaine to Europe may have suffered along with most licit businesses due to COVID-19.
Cocaine to Europe: An Underestimated Threat
Over the last five years, the cocaine trade has enjoyed an unprecedented boom, with production levels at record highs.
GameChangers 2020: Predictions for 2021 - Shaking Off the Virus
Organized crime had to tighten its belt in 2020, and pickings remain lean as world economies contract and movement is restricted. Yet this crisis is likely to be a temporary…
Will New Arrest Warrant Hamstring Colombia Peace Process?
The Colombian government has issued an arrest warrant for one of the FARC’s most militant commanders, which may result in him being expelled from the peace…
GameChangers 2017: What to Watch for in 2018
Organized crime thrives amid political corruption and uncertainty. Unfortunately, there will be plenty of this in 2018.
GameChangers 2017: Is Colombia’s FARC Really Gone?
Has Colombia's FARC really left the country's criminal scene? Yes, and absolutely not. The rebel army is gone, and has become a political party. The FARC Mafia is just coming…
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InSight Crime's Chemical Precursor Report continues to be a reference in the region
For the second week in a row, our investigation into the flow of precursor chemicals for the manufacture of synthetic drugs in Mexico has been cited by multiple regional media…
InSight Crime’s Chemical Precursor Report Widely Cited
We are proud to see that our recently published investigation into the supply chain of chemical precursors feeding Mexico’s synthetic drug production has been warmly received.
InSight Crime’s Paraguay Election Coverage Draws Attention
InSight Crime looked at the various anti-organized crime policies proposed by the candidates in Paraguay’s presidential election, which was won on April 30 by Santiago Peña. Our pre-election coverage was cited…
InSight Crime Cited in OAS, CARICOM Reports
This week, InSight Crime’s work was cited nine times in a new report by the Organization of American States (OAS) titled “The Impact of Organized Crime on Women,…
InSight Crime Staff Cited as Experts by International Media
This week, InSight Crime deputy editor, Juan Diego Posada, was interviewed by the Associated Press about connections between the ex-FARC mafia and Brazilian criminal groups, and…