Parker Asmann

Behind the Scenes of 10 Years Investigating LatAm Organized Crime

COLOMBIA / 13 NOV 2020

How do you track down a “ghost” in Colombia without raising suspicions, or get close enough to the elites and criminal actors themselves to document the hidden relationship between them?…

InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

Bolivia’s New President Faces Complex Drug Scenario

BOLIVIA / 11 NOV 2020

The newly sworn-in president of Bolivia, Luis Arce, will face a number of pressing security challenges as he works to bring stability back to the country -- but none is…

How President Donald Trump Has Impacted Organized Crime in Latin America

COLOMBIA / 4 NOV 2020

When it comes to combating organized crime and drug trafficking, US President Donald Trump has chosen to strongarm his Latin American counterparts rather than engage in diplomacy, threatening them and…

Mexico's Poppy Farmers in Increasingly Dire Straits

DRUG POLICY / 2 NOV 2020

Facing increased economic hardship, poppy-growing communities in southwest Mexico want to join a state program offering alternative projects, but this would only be a first step that cannot tackle all…

Latin America's History of Dirty Cops, Ministers and Generals

ELITES AND CRIME / 23 OCT 2020

There is one element that has proven vital to the operational success of international drug trafficking organizations the world over, including Latin America, it is collusion from corrupt government officials…

Guatemala Prosecutors Link Dirty Money to Former Minister

ELITES AND CRIME / 21 OCT 2020

Prosecutors in Guatemala say they have linked a multimillion-dollar cash seizure to a high-ranking minister that served under former President Jimmy Morales, marking the first such official in the crosshairs…

Drug Tunnel Discovery Highlights Battle for Mexico City’s Largest Market

JALISCO CARTEL / 19 OCT 2020

The recent discovery of drug tunnels confirms how Mexico City's largest market continues to attract criminal groups, competing to dominate a range of illicit businesses there.

US Arrest of Former Defense Minister Deals Blow to Mexico Military

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 16 OCT 2020

The US arrest of Mexico's former defense minister on drug charges confirms what has been alleged by traffickers themselves: that the country's military, which plays an outsized role in the fight against…

'Ovidio Fest' - Culiacán Asked to Celebrate Release of El Chapo’s Son

MEXICO / 16 OCT 2020

It has been one year since authorities in Mexico released Sinaloa Cartel scion Ovidio Guzmán to stop his gunmen from laying waste to Culiacán, and now a block party --…

Argentina Marijuana Trade Unfazed by Increased Security Controls

ARGENTINA / 15 OCT 2020

Argentina’s strategic location and booming consumer market has made it a major transshipment point for illegal drugs like marijuana, and a growing number of seizures has raised questions about how…

Coronavirus Yet to Halt Peru’s Contraband Cigarette Trade

CONTRABAND / 9 OCT 2020

Police in Peru have recently seized large quantities of contraband cigarettes in one of the capital’s most populous districts, in what is just the latest reflection of the regional boom…

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.

THE ORGANIZATION

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.

THE ORGANIZATION

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.