Jeremy McDermott

Nine Dead in Sinaloa Christmas Eve Massacre

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 27 DEC 2012

Nine people were killed in Concordia, in Sinaloa state, part of a continuing war between two drug cartels for control of this strategic piece of drug trafficking real estate.

Money Runs Out for Belize Gang Truce

BELIZE / 24 DEC 2012

The Belize government, struggling to meet national debt payments, has ended its controversial gang truce program, a measure almost certain to result in increased violence and homicides in 2013.

With Chavez Win, Venezuelan Gangs Could Expand

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 8 OCT 2012

Hugo Chavez's victory in the presidential elections will give Venezuela's organized criminal syndicates another six years to grow and consolidate their power, in South America's most important transit nation for…

Brazil Eradicates Drug Crops in Peru

BRAZIL / 31 AUG 2012

Brazilian police, working with their Peruvian counterparts, have conducted coca eradication operations in Peru as the Latin American superpower steps up its involvement in the regional war on drugs.

Bluefields: Nicaragua's Cocaine Hub

INFOGRAPHICS / 19 JUL 2012

The Nicaraguan city of Bluefields is a place where the narco-transporters rule, and cocaine floats off the coast and into the nightclubs.

Rastrojos Founder Captured in Venezuela

4 JUN 2012

Venezuelan authorities have caught the founding leader of the Rastrojos, once Colombia's most powerful transnational criminal organization, which is now likely to fragment and provoke a shift in mafia across…

Peru Ministers Resign After Shining Path Fiasco

PERU / 11 MAY 2012

A resurgent Shining Path and a botched military operation have cost the Ministers of Defense and the Interior their jobs, as it becomes clear that the Peruvian government needs to…

'Comba' Cuts a Deal and the Rastrojos Lose Ground

COLOMBIA / 8 MAY 2012

After months of negotiations with the DEA, Javier Calle Serna, alias 'Comba,' has surrendered to US authorities, possibly creating a seismic shift in the Colombian underworld.

'My Blood' May Unite Two of Colombia's Most Powerful Gangs

MI SANGRE / 2 MAY 2012

The name of Henry de Jesus Lopez, alias "Mi Sangre” or "My Blood," is increasingly being whispered on the streets of Medellin as he pushes into this city, seeking to…

Colombia’s Legendary Police Chief to Retire: Why Now?

20 APR 2012

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that the national police chief, General Oscar Naranjo, would step down in July, stating that “not in vain has he been considered the best…

Has Colombia’s Biggest Mafia Boss Surrendered?

COLOMBIA / 18 APR 2012

Reports that the head of Colombia’s most powerful drug cartel, the Rastrojos, has surrendered to US authorities are false, according to sources contacted by InSight Crime, and may be aimed…

Colombian Conflict Enters a New Phase

COLOMBIA / 6 APR 2012

As ideological differences become irrelevant, Colombia's illegal armies and drug traffickers are now working together, united against the government. Nowhere is this clearer than in the province of Norte De…

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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…