Seth Robbins

Will Drug Conspiracy Allegations End US Support for Honduras President?

ELITES AND CRIME / 5 AUG 2019

With a public accusation that he accepted drug proceeds for his political campaigns, the US appears to finally be turning its back on its longtime ally, Honduras President Juan Orlando…

Have Cryptocurrencies Really Helped Venezuela Sidestep US Sanctions?

MONEY LAUNDERING / 30 JUL 2019

Venezuela is collecting airport taxes through an application that converts these funds into Bitcoin, demonstrating the country’s continuing use of cryptocurrencies to evade US sanctions.

Honduras Gangs Turn to Bus Workers to Collect Extortion Fees

EXTORTION / 25 JUL 2019

Street gangs in Honduras are forcing transport workers to participate in extortion rackets, highlighting the vulnerability of a group already hit hard by such gangs.

Paraguay’s Underworld Fighting Back Against PCC in Brazil

BRAZIL / 24 JUL 2019

The brutal murder of a Brazilian drug trafficker seemingly carried out by a Paraguayan gang has shown how escalating violence is impacting the border state of Mato Grosso do Sul,…

Uncertainty Surrounds Protection Plan for Colombia's Crop Substitution Leaders

COCA / 24 JUL 2019

The unveiling of a plan to protect community leaders involved in Colombia’s voluntary coca crop substitution program is not likely to alleviate security concerns, given the recent killings of such…

Cartel Takedown Won't Solve Mexico's Oil Theft Problem

MEXICO / 23 JUL 2019

Authorities in Mexico have cracked down on the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, touted as the nation’s leading oil theft gang, but this vast criminal economy will not be undone…

'Narco-Subs' Pose Underwater Threat for US, Colombia Authorities

COCAINE / 22 JUL 2019

US Coast Guard members intercepted a “narco-submarine” carrying 7,700 kilograms of cocaine as it raced through the Pacific Ocean, underscoring a spike in this method of drug transport.

Report Finds Peru Timber Trade Taken Over by Criminal Networks

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 19 JUL 2019

A new report offering a detailed statistical breakdown of Peru’s timber trade exposes the staggering levels of illegality that have contaminated the country’s wood supply chain and the constant evolution…

Crackdown on Illegal Mining Won't End Ecuador's Gold Rush

ECUADOR / 16 JUL 2019

Thousands of police and military have swept through the north Ecuador district of Buenos Aires in an attempt to control the illegal mining boom that has ravaged the region, but…

Relatives of Jailed PCC Members Launder Millions For Brazil Gang

BRAZIL / 11 JUL 2019

Brazilian prison gang the PCC has laundered an estimated $15 million of drug money through accounts opened by relatives of jailed members, demonstrating the growing sophistication of the gang’s criminal…

Wealthy Fishermen Ran Major Drug Trafficking Rings in Costa Rica

COCAINE / 9 JUL 2019

Drug smuggling fishermen in Costa Rica owned large private properties and luxury vehicles -- riches gained from leading “transportista" groups, which are becoming increasingly common in the Central American nation.

Illegal Cigarettes Increasing Presence in Brazil and Southern Cone

BRAZIL / 3 JUL 2019

Argentina, Chile and Brazil are struggling with increased demand for smuggled cigarettes, as these provide major revenue for criminal groups and result in massive tax losses for national governments.

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.