Mike LaSusa

Latin Americans Say Corruption Worsening, But They Can Fight It

ELITES AND CRIME / 9 OCT 2017

A new analysis paints a dark portrait of corruption in Latin America and the Caribbean. A majority of citizens say the problem is getting worse and governments are failing to…

Weekly InSight: The MS13's East Coast Program

EL SALVADOR / 5 OCT 2017

In our October 5 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley spoke with Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos about InSight Crime's ongoing coverage of the MS13 -- in particular, the links…

Inside the Capture of 'Cabeça Branca,' the 'Baron' of Brazil's Drug Trade

BRAZIL / 2 OCT 2017

In early July, authorities in Brazil captured one of the world's most wanted drug trafficking suspects: Luiz Carlos da Rocha, alias "Cabeça Branca." With the legendary figure now behind bars,…

Weekly InSight: El Salvador's Dany Romero - Gang Leader, Activist, or Both?

EL SALVADOR / 28 SEP 2017

In our September 28 Facebook Live session, senior editor Mike LaSusa spoke with freelance journalist Nicholas Phillips about his recent investigation into the life of Dany Romero, and how Romero's…

Honduras Seizes Millions More in Assets Linked to Cachiros

CACHIROS / 28 SEP 2017

Authorities in Honduras have reportedly seized millions of dollars worth of property linked to the Cachiros drug trafficking network, in the latest blow to the debilitated criminal structure.

The Allegory of El Salvador’s ‘Dany Boy’: MS13 Gang Leader, Activist, or Both?

EL SALVADOR / 25 SEP 2017

Dany Balmore Romero García faces trial in El Salvador on charges of participating in gang activities and conspiring to commit murder. The case against him illustrates just how difficult it is…

Gold and Chaos: Gang Lords Rule Venezuela's Orinoco Mining Arc

GOLD / 20 SEP 2017

The rise of organized crime in Venezuela's southern Bolívar region has been directly proportional to the state's neglect of local people and towns. Criminal gang lords impose terror using the…

Brazil President Faces New Criminal Charges Related to Graft Scheme

BRAZIL / 15 SEP 2017

The first sitting president in the history of Brazil to face criminal charges has been indicted once again, this time for allegedly obstructing justice and leading a criminal organization. Congress…

The Connected Black Market: How the Dark Web Has Empowered LatAm Organized Crime

CYBERCRIME / 13 SEP 2017

The global proliferation of internet access has transformed societies, enabling online and financial inclusion in the developing world. But it has also empowered organized crime in Latin America and the…

Weekly InSight: Battle of Guatemala President vs. Justice System Pushes Country to Breaking Point

ELITES AND CRIME / 7 SEP 2017

In our September 7 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about the ongoing conflict between Guatemala's president and the country's justice system, which has…

Nicaragua Claims No 'Cartel' Presence, But Past Cases Tell a Different Story

NICARAGUA / 4 SEP 2017

Authorities in Nicaragua are trumpeting their counternarcotics efforts, which they say have kept "cartels" out of the country. But a series of prosecutions of alleged crime bosses shows that sophisticated,…

Colombia Govt, ELN Sign Ceasefire Amid Growing Dissidence

COLOMBIA / 4 SEP 2017

The government of Colombia and the country's largest remaining guerrilla group have agreed to a bilateral ceasefire, but the rebels' lack of unity may make enforcement difficult.

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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…