Seth Robbins

Los Pachenca Seek New Sanctuary for Drug Operations at Colombia’s Tip

COCAINE / 30 OCT 2020

A 14-ton seizure of cocaine has exposed a trafficking network linking Colombian trafficking group Los Pachecna to a small smuggling organization on the La Guajira peninsula, an arid, remote corner…

Chile Museum Heist Reveals Black Market in Cultural Objects

CHILE / 8 OCT 2020

While ruins have long been looted to supply the black market trade in antiquities, silver and textiles stolen from a museum in Chile reveal how thieves also target depositories of…

Suriname's Jaguar Trade: From Poaching to Paste

CHINA AND CRIME / 24 SEP 2020

The jaguar’s head slumps over the back of an all-terrain vehicle. A lifeless paw outstretched above a large muddied tire provides a glimpse of its former mass and power.

Brand-Name Coronavirus Drug Appears in Venezuela's Black Market

COVID AND CRIME / 15 SEP 2020

A black market for an antiviral drug used to treat coronavirus has emerged in Venezuela, revealing that even expensive, lifesaving medicines are fueling the lucrative illegal trade.

Peru in Familiar Stalemate With Shining Path Rebels

COCA / 4 SEP 2020

Yet again, Peruvian security forces are seeking to force Shining Path guerrillas out a jungle region that produces most of the country’s cocaine, but military operations have long failed to…

More Than Drug Trafficking Drives Violence in Colombia's Nariño

COLOMBIA / 26 AUG 2020

The Colombian government has blamed drug trafficking for three massacres in the south of the country, but violence in the region is likely spurred by armed groups, who sow terror…

Fugitive’s Return Promises New Graft Revelations in Guatemala

ELITES AND CRIME / 26 AUG 2020

A Guatemala political operator accused of taking millions in bribes has surrendered after four years as a fugitive and is set to face a series of trials in which his…

Corruption Charges at Venezuela’s US Oil Subsidiary Fuel Tensions

ELITES AND CRIME / 25 AUG 2020

Both Venezuela and the United States are advancing legal cases against former officials from Citgo, a subsidiary of Venezuelan state oil company PdVSA, signaling that longstanding accusations of corruption at…

Corruption Cries Mount Over Pandemic Spending in El Salvador

COVID AND CRIME / 25 AUG 2020

On August 9, the website on which the El Salvador government publishes all of the country's contract expenditures suddenly went dark. The shutdown came amid allegations of corruption by the administration…

Homicide Drop in El Salvador: Presidential Triumph or Gang Trend?

BARRIO 18 / 13 AUG 2020

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has credited his crime-fighting plan for a 60 percent drop in homicides this year. But the country’s violent street gangs deserve some -- if not…

Uribe Arrest Portends More to Come from Colombia’s Justice System

COLOMBIA / 5 AUG 2020

The detention and investigation of former Colombia President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, a powerhouse in Colombian politics long alleged to have ties to paramilitary groups, leaves him to defend not only…

Coronavirus Unrest Sparks Surge in Riots in Latin America’s Prisons

COLOMBIA / 22 JUL 2020

Inmate uprisings have ripped through prisons in Latin America amid COVID-19 outbreaks, offering further evidence that the region’s prison systems are buckling under the pressure of the pandemic.

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.

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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.