Jeremy McDermott

Drug Crops Up, Interdiction Down in Peru

PERU / 4 JAN 2012

In 2011 Peru seized 13 tons of cocaine, just four percent of the estimated 330 tons that this Andean produced. Little wonder that drug traffickers are switching their attention from…

El Salvador Murder Rate Highest Since End of Civil War

EL SALVADOR / 3 JAN 2012

El Salvador registered more than 4300 murders in 2011, making it the bloodiest year since the end of the civil war in 1992, the result of street gang violence and…

Mexico Violence Threatens All Sectors of Civil Society

MEXICO / 1 JAN 2012

As the Mexican government continues its crackdown on organized crime, the country’s civil society is finding itself exposed to acts of extreme violence. No sector has been spared: environmentalists, human…

Ecuador deploys more troops against Colombian illegal groups

ECUADOR / 1 JAN 2012

Ecuador has sent another 10,000 more troops to the border with Colombia, hoping to close down room for maneuver for Colombian rebels and paramilitary groups, which use the country to…

Spike in Mexican Kidnappings in 2011

KIDNAPPING / 1 JAN 2012

Mexico suffered an average of 49 kidnappings a day during 2011 according to the NGO Consejo para la Ley y los Derechos Humanos (CLDH), an increase of 32…

Venezuela: Key to the Future of the FARC

COLOMBIA / 12 DEC 2011

The defeat of the FARC, and the capture or killing of its new commander-in-chief, alias "Timochenko," will be extremely difficult without the active collaboration of Venezuela.

Venezuela Captures Colombian Drug Boss 'Valenciano'

COLOMBIA / 29 NOV 2011

Venezuela captured one of Colombia's top drug traffickers just hours before President Juan Manuel Santos was set to visit Caracas; an arrest that could have profound implications for the Colombian…

Colombia is no Lesson For Mexico (Part II)

COLOMBIA / 29 NOV 2011

Colombian and Mexican governments have traditionally had distinct aims in their battles against organized crime.

Colombia is no Lesson For Mexico (Part I)

COLOMBIA / 28 NOV 2011

Mexico's war on crime is hardly comparable to Colombia's past. Criminal groups in both countries have had markedly different tactics.

FARC Choose Military Rather Than Political Leader

ALFONSO CANO / 15 NOV 2011

Colombia's hopes for a peaceful solution to the 47 year civil conflict may have suffered a setback, after the FARC opted for a military, rather than a political, figure as…

Colombian Paramilitary Warlord Gets 33 Years in U.S.

AUC / 10 NOV 2011

One of Colombia's most powerful paramilitary leaders has been condemned by a Miami court to 33 years in prison, convicted of "leading an international drug trafficking ring which…

The FARC After 'Alfonso Cano'

ALFONSO CANO / 7 NOV 2011

In 47 years of existence the FARC have only had two commanders-in-chief: founder "Manuel Marulanda," who died of natural causes in 2008, and "Alfonso Cano," killed in an army offensive…

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Criminal Enterprise on the High Seas

12 AUG 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the second half of an extensive investigation into Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing that plagues the waters of nine Latin American countries. Among the stories were how…

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Oceans Pillaged in Central America and the Caribbean

5 AUG 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the first installment of a nine-part investigation uncovering the hidden depths of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Latin America. The first installment covered Central America and…

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Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Becomes Truly Transnational

29 JUL 2022

This week, InSight Crime published a deep dive into the total control that Venezuelan mega-gang, Tren de Aragua, has over the lives of those it smuggles between Venezuela and Chile…

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Turkish Traffickers Delivering Latin American Cocaine to Persian Gulf

15 JUL 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the second half of an investigation piecing together the emerging role of Turkish cocaine traffickers in supplying Russia and the Persian Gulf, which are among…

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Turkey as a Lynchpin in European Cocaine Pipeline

8 JUL 2022

InSight Crime is extending its investigation into the cocaine pipeline to Europe, and tracking the growing connections between Latin American drug traffickers and European criminal organizations. This led us to…