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Recent Venezuela Drug Seizures Point More to Challenges than Results

COLOMBIA / 15 MAR 2017

Venezuelan authorities recently announced cocaine seizures of almost three metric tons, illustrating the persistent flow of drugs on the border between Colombia and Venezuela.

'Drug Charges Against Ex-Guatemala Officials are Tip of the Iceberg'

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 FEB 2017

Edgar Gutiérrez spoke with elPeriódico about how the relationship between organized crime and political power has evolved in Guatemala. Gutiérrez, who served as foreign chancellor during the administration of former…

US Indicts Fmr Guatemala VP, Fmr Interior Minister on Drug Charges

ELITES AND CRIME / 24 FEB 2017

A US federal court has indicted the former vice president and the former interior minister of Guatemala on cocaine trafficking charges, suggesting US officials are skeptical about the ability…

Venezuela Citizens Charged With Trafficking Arms From Miami

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 23 FEB 2017

US prosecutors have indicted five citizens of Venezuela in connection with a case involving a Miami arms trafficking network that illustrates the Florida city's importance for gun runners sending…

Fact Checking Venezuelan Passports-to-Terrorists Allegations

ELITES AND CRIME / 22 FEB 2017

Over the past two weeks, a familiar narrative has been resuscitated: the threat of "Islamic terrorism" emanating from Latin America, through the revival of one of its…

Closing of Private School in Honduras Linked to Extortion

EXTORTION / 16 FEB 2017

The temporary closing of a private school in Honduras may have been due to the imposition of what administrators are calling a "war tax," an illustration of how extortion…

Report Reveals Intersection of Development Projects, Organized Crime in Honduras

ELITES AND CRIME / 13 FEB 2017

A new report by the watchdog group Global Witness suggests that state institutions co-opted by business and political elites helped transform Honduras into the world's most dangerous place for environmental…

El Salvador Gangs Responsible for 84% of Forced Displacement: Report

BARRIO 18 / 30 JAN 2017

A new report from El Salvador says that the country's street gangs accounted for 84 percent of forced displacements in 2016, in the undeclared war that is ravaging that…

Money Laundering Links Honduras, Panama and US

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 JAN 2017

Two Honduran executives allegedly used a Panamanian business and a US bank to pay $2.5 million in bribes, suggesting that banks based in Panama and the United States may…

Colombia Port Town in Bloody Battle Over Former FARC Turf

COLOMBIA / 24 JAN 2017

At least four criminal groups are apparently running the illegal economies in the port of Tumaco on Colombia's Pacific coast, which is resulting in homicides and mass community displacement.

Militarized Approach Continues as Mexico to Send 500 Troops to Border Town

GULF CARTEL / 23 JAN 2017

Mexico's Defense Secretary says the army will send 500 soldiers to Ciudad Mier in the embattled state of Tamaulipas along the US-Mexico border, indicating that the Mexican government will…

Unpaid Peru Informants Show Issues With Compensation Programs

PERU / 17 JAN 2017

A group of civilian informants in Peru says the government failed to pay them the reward promised for providing information that led to a successful operation against drug traffickers,…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Unraveling the Web of Elites Connected to Organized Crime

27 JUL 2021

InSight Crime published Elites and Organized Crime in Nicaragua, a deep dive into the relationships between criminal actors and elites in that Central American nation.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime’s Greater Focus on US-Mexico Border

20 JUL 2021

InSight Crime has decided to turn many of its investigative resources towards understanding and chronicling the criminal dynamics along the US-Mexico border.

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Key Arrests and Police Budget Increases Due to InSight Crime Investigations

8 JUL 2021

With Memo Fantasma’s arrest, InSight Crime has proven that our investigations can and will uncover major criminal threats in the Americas.

THE ORGANIZATION

Organized Crime’s Influence on Gender-Based Violence

30 JUN 2021

InSight Crime investigator Laura N. Ávila spoke on organized crime and gender-based violence at the launch of a research project by the United Nations Development Programme.

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Conversation with Paraguay Judicial Operators on PCC

24 JUN 2021

InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley formed part of a panel attended by over 500 students, all of whom work in Paraguay's judicial system.