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Trial of Mexico's Former Top Cop May Shine Light on Weaknesses of US Drug War

COCAINE / 17 JAN 2023

The trial of Mexico’s former top public security official will reveal shortcomings in the fight against organized crime.

Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations' New Marijuana Strategies

CHAPITOS / 6 DEC 2022

In response to changes in the international marijuana trade, Mexico-based drug trafficking groups have shifted their strategies.

As Marijuana Fades, Sinaloa’s Organized Crime Does Not

MARIJUANA / 6 DEC 2022

The shift from plant-based to synthetic drugs has upended the relationship between small farmers and crime groups in Mexico’s Golden Triangle.

The Chapitos’ Monopoly on Drug Sales in Culiacán, Sinaloa

CHAPITOS / 6 DEC 2022

Local drug sales in Sinaloa’s capital city are controlled by one of the most notorious and powerful organized crime families in Mexico.

Executive Summary and Major Findings

MARIJUANA / 6 DEC 2022

Today, most of the marijuana consumed in the United States is produced domestically, changing the game in the international drug market.

US Sanctions Oversimplify Fentanyl Trafficking From Mexico

FENTANYL / 22 NOV 2022

Authorities in the United States have sanctioned a Mexican criminal group for trafficking illicit fentanyl into the country.

Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, CJNG Share Fentanyl Chemical Suppliers

FENTANYL / 16 NOV 2022

Mexico’s two most powerful organized crime groups are reportedly sourcing precursor chemicals from the same suppliers to produce fentanyl.

From Deception to Demand: US Fentanyl Users Now Want Fentanyl

FENTANYL / 14 NOV 2022

Many American users, perhaps the majority, now realize when they’re consuming illicit fentanyl. This has changed the way they look for it.

In Sinaloa, Mexico, a Deadly Mix of Synthetic Drugs and Forced Disappearances

FEATURED / 27 OCT 2022

In Sinaloa, Mexico, the uptick in forced disappearances is linked to one dynamic more than any other: synthetic drugs.

‘Viejo Santos’: The Decline of an MS13 Leader Wanted in the US

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 12 OCT 2022

US and Guatemalan authorities will tell you Moises Humberto Rivera Luna, alias "Viejo Santos," is a top member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13). But is he?…

US-El Salvador Tensions Rise With Extradition of Top MS13 Leader Blocked For Now

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 6 OCT 2022

El Salvador will hold off on extraditing a top MS13 gang leader to the United States to face terrorism charges.

Desperation in the Desert: The Industrialization of Migrant Smuggling on the US-Mexico Border

FEATURED / 5 OCT 2022

Along the US-Mexico border, a booming migrant smuggling industry is closely monitored by organized crime groups.

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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…