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Nicaragua Police Seizing Record Drug Money While Cocaine Seizures Fall

NICARAGUA / 20 JUL 2020

Nicaragua’s National Police is seizing large amounts of drug money while confiscating less cocaine compared to years past, calling into question how the struggling force is finding the money and…

Libyan Militia Leader Ideal Client for Venezuela's Gold-for-Dollars Deals

ELITES AND CRIME / 15 JUL 2020

A Libyan militia leader allegedly trading US dollars for Venezuelan gold adds to mounting evidence that President Nicolás Maduro now welcomes all buyers in his effort to sell off the…

Three Massacres Expose Weakness of Mexico’s ‘Catch-all’ Security Policy

HOMICIDES / 9 JUL 2020

Recent massacres in three different regions of Mexico have shown the importance of analyzing local power structures to understand the causes of violence.

Warrants Breathe New Hope Into Mexico’s Unsolved Ayotzinapa Investigation

AYOTZINAPA / 5 JUL 2020

Authorities in Mexico have announced a fresh wave of arrest warrants against government officials for their alleged connection to the still unsolved disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students, bringing renewed hope…

Mexico Oil Thieves Go Underground to Avoid Detection

MEXICO / 3 JUL 2020

Oil thieves in Mexico have diversified yet again and are now sidestepping security forces by utilizing hoses buried just out of sight under ground to transport stolen fuel, highlighting ongoing…

Los Chapitos

MEXICO PERSONALITIES / 2 JUL 2020

The now-jailed former Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias “El Chapo,” had many sons, but only a select few of them, known collectively as “Los Chapitos,” are at the…

Los Pachenca Holding On in Northern Colombia After Leader’s Death

COCAINE / 29 JUN 2020

In May 2019, Colombian President Iván Duque vowed to end Los Pachenca, stating that this was a promise from the country's security council. Just over a year on, that promise…

The Professor and the Fixer: How a Colombian Middleman Got a Crime Specialist to Launder Money

COLOMBIA / 25 JUN 2020

While a guilty plea for money laundering by a decorated University of Miami professor continues to send shockwaves through the academic, law enforcement and crime investigation communities, his Colombian go-between…

Will Top US Prosecutor's Ousting Impact Latin America Drug Cases?

COLOMBIA / 20 JUN 2020

The US Attorney General's surprise ousting of a top US prosector could potentially have repercussions on high-profile drug cases in Latin America, two of which involve sitting presidents.

State Intelligence and Organized Crime: An Old Relationship in Latin America

ARGENTINA / 19 JUN 2020

Investigations have revealed that Argentina's intelligence services under President Mauricio Macri allegedly bugged jail cells, engaged with criminals to ensnare opponents and targeted journalists in a type of illegal spying…

Gang Violence Increasingly Spreading to Women’s Prisons in Honduras

BARRIO 18 / 17 JUN 2020

Deadly violence within female prisons in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador is rare. But a spate of recent murders in a Honduran prison appears to be a warning sign that…

Was Mexico Cartel Enforcer ‘La Barbie’ a US Informant?

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 15 JUN 2020

New court documents allege that a top-level criminal enforcer in Mexico served as an informant prior to his arrest, but doubts remain about the level of cooperation he provided authorities…

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.