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MS13 in Honduras Gets Creative With Video Surveillance

HONDURAS / 13 JUL 2020

An MS13 cell wired several Honduran neighborhoods on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula with surveillance cameras -- an inventive use of technology to perform an age-old gang function.

Drop in Coca Crops, Increase in Colombian Cocaine

COCA / 26 JUN 2020

A drop of 15,000 hectares of coca crops in Colombia made no difference in reducing cocaine production in 2019 -- instead it increased compared with the previous year.

Jamaica and Haiti Swap Drugs and Guns

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 23 JUN 2020

Criminal gangs in Jamaica and Haiti are engaged in a deadly trade: the exchange of marijuana for guns.

Continued Street Drug Sales in Tijuana Puts Users at Risk of Coronavirus

COVID AND CRIME / 2 JUN 2020

A coronavirus outbreak in the Mexico border city of Tijuana has not stymied street-level heroin and methamphetamine sales, and its large population of drug users is at high risk of…

Colombia's EPL Bitterly Divided Between Political, Drug Trafficking Factions

COLOMBIA / 22 MAY 2020

A top EPL guerrilla commander in Colombia was killed on order of its high command for treason -- an act likely to further inflame infighting among the group’s increasingly desperate…

Eruption of Gang Violence Belies Bukele's Security Wins in El Salvador

BARRIO 18 / 30 APR 2020

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele has lashed out after several days of bloodshed amid a coronavirus lockdown, blaming the spike in killings on gangs. But in doing so, he has…

Why is US Sending Navy Warships to Thwart Drug Smugglers?

CARIBBEAN / 27 APR 2020

Though described as a strategy to keep traffickers from exploiting the coronavirus pandemic, the US Navy’s recent deployment of warships to the Caribbean was a long time in the making…

How ‘Memo Fantasma’ Sold Property to Colombia VP's Family Company

COLOMBIA / 10 APR 2020

In October 2019, InSight Crime conducted a telephone interview with Álvaro Rincón, the husband of Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez. The topic was Guillermo León Acevedo Giraldo, alias “Memo Fantasma”…

Venezuela President's Drug Trafficking Exploits Detailed in US Indictment

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 26 MAR 2020

US prosecutors have charged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his closest allies with drug trafficking and corruption, cementing the embattled nation's reputation as a mafia state.

From Cocalero to Kingpin: New Book Tracks Cocaine Supply Chain

COCAINE / 25 MAR 2020

A new book by a veteran reporter provides a comprehensive picture of Colombia’s modern-day cocaine trafficking networks and their devastating impact on the society that surrounds them.

US Deportations to El Salvador Sending Migrants to Their Deaths: Report

EL SALVADOR / 12 FEB 2020

A Human Rights Watch investigation has found that more than 100 people were killed after deportation from the United States to El Salvador, affirming media and immigration watchdog claims that…

El Salvador's Prosecutions of Officials Who Negotiated With Gangs Explained

BARRIO 18 / 7 FEB 2020

Prosecutors in El Salvador have charged high-ranking politicians with electoral fraud in connection to their controversial negotiations with gang leaders, opening a Pandora’s Box for public officials -- long unable…

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.