Jeremy McDermott

All Change as Colombian Security Forces Try to Regain Initiative

COLOMBIA / 8 SEP 2011

Colombia's president has appointed a new defense minister, changed the entire military high command and promised an extra $550 million in defense spending. He wants, and needs, to retake the…

Closing in on Colombia's 'Madman'?

COLOMBIA / 5 SEP 2011

U.S. and Colombian authorities have chalked up a series of victories against the organization of one of Colombia's most prolific drug traffickers, Daniel "El Loco" Barrera.

Colombia’s Forgotten Rebels Now at the Heart of Drug Trade

COLOMBIA / 13 AUG 2011

The EPL guerrilla group demobilized in 1991, but since then a dissident faction of the organization, and a core of former fighters, have climbed to the top of the Colombian…

Electoral Violence Escalates in Guatemala

GUATEMALA / 12 AUG 2011

It is estimated that 38 people have died so far in the run-up to the Guatemalan 2011 general elections, an even higher number than was recorded during 2007…

Colombia Modifies Strategy in Response to Rebel Surge

COLOMBIA / 8 AUG 2011

Amid accusations that the security situation in Colombia is taking a turn for the worse, President Juan Manuel Santos has announced an overhaul of security doctrine, to counter new tactics…

Kidnapping on the Rise in Colombia; Rebels Target Oil Workers

COLOMBIA / 5 AUG 2011

Kidnapping in Colombia went up 30 percent in the first half of 2011, according to the anti-kidnapping NGO Pais Libre, with numbers pushed up by rebel mass abductions…

As Mexico's Underworld Fragments, Colombia's Morphs into Two Networks

COLOMBIA / 1 AUG 2011

As Mexico's criminal underworld fragments under pressure from the security forces, that of Colombia appears to be consolidating around two opposing criminal networks.

Colombian Soldiers Sentenced to 60 Years for Civilian Murders

COLOMBIA / 8 JUL 2011

Eight Colombian soldiers have been sentenced to 60 years each in prison after being found guilty of the murders of four farmers who they had claimed were "guerrillas…

Brazil Deploys Unmanned Aircraft Over Bolivia

BOLIVIA / 7 JUL 2011

Brazil will soon start deploying unmanned aircraft into Bolivian airspace as part of an agreement with La Paz to fight the drug trafficking and organized crime that plague their mutual…

FARC Massacre 7 who Impersonated Rebels in Extortion Racket

COLOMBIA / 4 JUL 2011

Colombian rebels are believed to be behind the massacre of seven people who pretended to be the FARC in order to extort money, as the guerrillas step up their extortion…

Colombia Seizes 12 Tons of Cocaine Bound for Mexico

COLOMBIA / 24 MAY 2011

Colombian authorities discovered 12 tons of cocaine in a container headed for Mexico, most likely a shipment from Colombia’s Rastrojos to a Mexican cartel, while police simultaneously seized $2.8 million…

Colombian Drug Boss Arrested in Ecuador

ECUADOR / 22 APR 2011

Ecuador has arrested a Colombian drug lord from a little known but very rich gang, Cordillera. Loosely translated as the "Mountain Range," the gang is dedicated less to the exportation…

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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…