Mike LaSusa

5 Ways To Fight Corruption in Latin America

BRAZIL / 23 JUL 2018

Corruption has been solidifying its place at the top of the agenda for policymakers and citizens across Latin America and the Caribbean. Below, InSight Crime explores five proposals that could…

How the US Took On the Mafia Running International Soccer

NARCOCULTURE / 13 JUL 2018

The 2018 World Cup is about to end, but the case that unveiled a massive criminal conspiracy involving the international soccer organization FIFA is still ongoing.

EPL Urban Militia Sows Fear in Colombia-Venezuela Border Communities

COLOMBIA / 25 JUN 2018

The demobilization of Colombia's main guerrilla group, the FARC, has left a criminal power vacuum along the country's eastern border with Venezuela, where a war for control is now playing…

Ecuador Zeros In on Powerful FARC Dissident as Others Lurk in Shadows

ECUADOR / 21 JUN 2018

Ecuadorean authorities have identified new players from the ex-FARC mafia network headed by alias “El Guacho.” But while authorities edge closer to Colombia’s most notorious new-generation criminal, the power behind…

Mexico Elections: Candidates' Security Proposals Lack Long-Term Focus

MEXICO / 18 JUN 2018

Mexico’s next president will have the opportunity to revamp the country's security policy framework. But just weeks before the election, the leading candidates are still struggling to put forth cohesive,…

Weekly InSight: How Organized Crime Has Tarnished the World Cup

SOCCER CRIME / 14 JUN 2018

In our June 14 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the opening of the 2018 World Cup and the many ways that…

Crime Costs Brazil Tens of Billions Yearly: Study

BRAZIL / 11 JUN 2018

A new study by Brazil's government estimates that the cost of crime has risen dramatically over the past two decades, now reaching the equivalent of tens of billions of dollars…

Don't Expect Nuanced View of Crime When 'Rambo' Takes On Mexico Cartel

MEXICO / 6 JUN 2018

The venerable action hero John Rambo is plotting a return to the silver screen, and he is taking his talent for mayhem and vengeance to Mexico. While fans may find…

As Peace Talks Flail, Colombia's ELN Seeks 'Liberation or Death'

COLOMBIA / 29 MAY 2018

Peace negotiations between Colombia's government and the ELN rebel group have reached their most precarious moment since they began. InSight Crime spoke with ELN members and residents of communities where…

Paraguay President's 'Soul Brother' Could Surrender in Laundering Case

BRAZIL / 23 MAY 2018

A friend of Paraguay's president accused of leading a large, international money laundering scheme has reportedly offered to turn himself in to authorities. But his apparent willingness to cooperate may…

Boosting Legal Market for Coca Could Reduce Colombia Violence: Report

COCA / 22 MAY 2018

A new report suggests Colombia should pivot away from traditional drug eradication measures that have had limited long-term success in addressing the cultivation of coca, and should instead seek to…

Argentina Profile

Despite Argentina's prominent role as a money laundering center and as a drug transit and consumption point, the country does not suffer from the high levels of violence that affect…

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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…

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‘Ndrangheta Investigation, Exclusive Interview With Suriname President Make Waves

2 DEC 2022

Two weeks ago, InSight Crime published an investigation into how Italian mafia clan the ‘Ndrangheta built a cocaine trafficking network from South America to ‘Ndrangheta-controlled Italian ports. The investigation generated…