Maria Luisa Valencia

Countdown Begins to Trial of Mexico's Former Security Minister

ELITES AND CRIME / 3 NOV 2022

The trial of Genaro García Luna, Mexico's public security minister during the presidency of Felipe Calderón, is fast approaching.

Weapons Trafficking Rife on Mexico's Social Media

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 12 OCT 2021

Arms trafficking in Mexico has turned to digital mediums that offer both broad visibility and anonymity to an ever-increasing flow of weapons into the country.

Microfinance Programs Fight Back Against Loan Sharks in Colombia

COLOMBIA / 26 NOV 2020

A local government in Colombia is offering small, low interest loans to people struggling to make ends meet in the coronavirus pandemic, to help steer them away from one of…

Salvatore Ponzo and the Italian Mafia's Infiltration of Costa Rica

COCAÍNA EUROPA / 6 OCT 2020

The photos in the Costa Rican press showed Salvatore Ponzo, the Italian fruit exporter, with a neatly trimmed beard and polite smile, wearing polo shirts and baseball caps emblazoned with…

3 secretos sucios revelados por las ‘negociaciones’ con pandillas en El Salvador

BARRIO 18 / 4 SEP 2020

El grupo de medios de El Faro informó que el gobierno de El Salvador está “negociando” con las pandillas callejeras para mantener bajas las tasas de homicidios, lo que puede…

What Lockdown? World’s Cocaine Traffickers Sniff at Movement Restrictions

COCAINE / 26 MAY 2020

As a wave of coronavirus infections hit Italy in late March, Rocco Molè, a member of the country’s ’Ndrangheta organized crime group, was faced with a dilemma.As a wave of…

El Salvador’s Black Widows - Female Leadership in MS13

EL SALVADOR / 25 MAR 2020

An MS13 linked gang in El Salvador known as the Black Widows has been convicted of forcing women to marry men and then killing their new husbands as part of a complex…

Telmo Castro - The Sinaloa Cartel's Man in Ecuador

ECUADOR / 5 FEB 2020

For Ecuador, the death of one of the country’s most notorious homegrown drug traffickers was the end of an era. But for his Mexican bosses, Telmo Castro’s demise will do…

Treasure, Corruption and Legal Machinations - Gerald's Legacy in Ecuador

COCAINE / 22 NOV 2019

Gerald’s rise to becoming one of the most notorious drug traffickers Ecuador has produced to date was meteoric. But his fall has been just as dramatic, exposing not only the…

Culiacán Shambles Exposes Lack of Any Security Plan for Mexico

EL CHAPO / 25 OCT 2019

Amid a wave of national and international criticism for his handling of the Culiacán meltdown last week, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador faces the toughest public security test of…

Prostitution Ring Highlights Vulnerability of Colombia Indigenous Communities

COLOMBIA / 9 AUG 2019

Colombia’s authorities have broken up a prostitution ring exploiting indigenous minors in the Amazonas department, the second human trafficking ring arrested this year in the region.

Cartel Extortion Getting Worse for Businesses in Mexico City

EXTORTION / 20 MAY 2019

Petty extortion has plagued business in Mexico City for years, but the recent killing of a local community leader angry at authorities’ inaction underscores the growing brazenness of such criminal…

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Escaping Barrio 18

27 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an investigation charting the story of Desafío, a 28-year-old Barrio 18 gang member who is desperate to escape gang life. But there’s one problem: he’s…

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Europe Coverage Makes a Splash

20 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an analysis of the role of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as an arrival hub for cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico.  The article was picked up by…

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World Looks to InSight Crime for Mexico Expertise

13 JAN 2023

Our coverage of the arrest of Chapitos’ co-founder Ovidio Guzmán López in Mexico has received worldwide attention.In the UK, outlets including The Independent and BBC…

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InSight Crime Shares Expertise with US State Department

16 DEC 2022

Last week, InSight Crime Co-founder Steven Dudley took part in the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor and…

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Immediate Response to US-Mexico Marijuana Investigation

9 DEC 2022

InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…