Jeremy McDermott

The BACRIM and Their Position in Colombia's Underworld

COLOMBIA / 2 MAY 2014

The name BACRIM was created by the government of former President Alvaro Uribe in the aftermath of the demobilization of the AUC. Then-President Uribe was keen to draw a line…

The Urabeños - The Criminal Hybrid

COLOMBIA / 2 MAY 2014

The mad scramble for criminal power in the aftermath of the demobilization of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) is over. The Urabeños, or as they prefer to call…

Mexico Cartel Had Stake in 7 Tn Colombia Cocaine Load

COLOMBIA / 14 APR 2014

More details have emerged on the transport and seizure of a record seven tons of cocaine at the Colombian port of Cartagena, revealing that the shipment, bound for Europe, also…

Brazil's PCC Gang Earns At Least $2.5 Mn a Month

BRAZIL / 14 MAR 2014

The PCC, one of Brazil's two major prison gangs, earns at least $2.5 million a month from various criminal activities, making it now, arguably, the most powerful criminal syndicate in…

Seeking a Place in History – Nazario Moreno's Narco Messiah

EL CHAYO / 12 MAR 2014

In a 2012 interview with leading members of Mexico's Knights Templar -- including Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, alias "El Chayo" --  the organization's territorial grasp had seemingly reached its…

Mythical Leader of Mexico Cartel Dead - For Sure This Time

EL CHAYO / 10 MAR 2014

Marines have killed the founder of the Familia Michoacana and leader of the Knights Templar, a mythical figure in the Mexico underworld, who disappeared in 2010 and was…

World's Most Wanted, "Chapo" Guzman, Caught in Mexico

EL CHAPO / 22 FEB 2014

The world's most wanted criminal and prolific drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, has been captured at a beach resort in Mazatlan, calling into question the future of Mexico's most…

What Did the FARC Truce Tell Us?

COLOMBIA / 16 JAN 2014

The unilateral truce called by Colombia's rebels over Christmas ended with very few, but telling violations, suggesting that the guerrilla leadership is still seeing its orders obeyed for the most…

FARC Rebels Still Kidnapping in Colombia: Report

COLOMBIA / 10 JAN 2014

Colombian police reported that 292 cases of kidnapping were registered in 2013, of which 32 could be directly traced to the FARC, despite the rebel group's promise to cease the…

Peru to Undermine Shining Path Finances by Attacking Drug Trade

COCA / 9 JAN 2014

The government of Peru is launching a sustained offensive against the drug trade that finances the last remaining Shining Path stronghold, the VRAEM, seeking to eradicate drug crops and destroy…

Discrepancy Between Venezuela Murder Rates, Among the World’s Highest

HOMICIDES / 6 JAN 2014

While the Venezuela government, notorious for its manipulation of statistics, claimed that the homicide rate dropped in 2013, to 39 per 100,000 of the population, a rather more reliable NGO…

InSight Crime's Game Changers: 2012

27 DEC 2013

InSight Crime presents "Game Changers 2012," an overview of the developments in organized crime in Americas during the year. So much has happened as organized crime mutates and spreads around…

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Who Are Memo Fantasma and Sergio Roberto de Carvalho?

24 JUN 2022

Inside the criminal career of Memo Fantasma  In March 2020, InSight Crime revealed the identity and whereabouts of Memo Fantasma, a paramilitary commander and drug trafficker living in…

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Environmental and Academic Praise

17 JUN 2022

InSight Crime’s six-part series on the plunder of the Peruvian Amazon continues to inform the debate on environmental security in the region. Our Environmental Crimes Project Manager, María Fernanda Ramírez,…

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Series on Plunder of Peru’s Amazon Makes Headlines

10 JUN 2022

Since launching on June 2, InSight Crime’s six-part series on environmental crime in Peru’s Amazon has been well-received. Detailing the shocking impunity enjoyed by those plundering the rainforest, the investigation…

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Duarte’s Death Makes Waves

3 JUN 2022

The announcement of the death of Gentil Duarte, one of the top dissident commanders of the defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), continues to reverberate in Venezuela and Colombia.

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Cattle Trafficking Acclaim, Investigation into Peru’s Amazon 

27 MAY 2022

On May 18, InSight Crime launched its most recent investigation into cattle trafficking between Central America and Mexico. It showed precisely how beef, illicitly produced in Honduras, Guatemala…