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Synthetic Drugs Flood California Crossing of US-Mexico Border

FENTANYL / 26 NOV 2021

A record seizure of methamphetamine and fentanyl at a US-Mexico border crossing near San Diego underscores how this corner has become a major smuggling corridor for synthetic drugs.

Five Years into Colombia Peace Process, Ex-FARC Fighters Continue to Flee

COLOMBIA / 26 NOV 2021

Alerts of the mass displacement of ex-combatants in Meta, due to the deteriorating security situation in the department, warn of the ongoing challenges that persist in Colombia five years after…

In Contested Zulia and Táchira, Violence Mars Venezuelan Elections

COLECTIVOS / 25 NOV 2021

Under the view of international observers, elections in Venezuela this weekend showed low levels of interference by armed groups or organized crime.

Mexico Criminals Target Kindergarten After Huge Lottery Earnings

DISPLACEMENT / 24 NOV 2021

Winning a lottery prize of close to $1 million should have been a positive, life-changing event for a kindergarten and its community in Chiapas, Mexico. It was anything but.

Costa Rica's Devil - Bloody Drug Feud Catches Authorities Off Guard

COCAINE / 24 NOV 2021

An unusually drawn-out feud between two rival gangs in northern Costa Rica has left over 150 people dead in five years, with authorities making a renewed push to end the…

Extortionists Copycat Argentina's Monos Gang

ARGENTINA / 23 NOV 2021

A criminal borrowed the surname of the imprisoned Monos gang boss to receive extortion payments from businesses in the Argentine city of Rosario – a play that smacks of a…

Murder, Drugs, God and Crypto - The Downfall of Brazil's Pharaoh of Bitcoins

BRAZIL / 22 NOV 2021

For the last few weeks, the twists and turns in the case of the Pharaoh of Bitcoins have constantly made headlines.

Songs of Praise: Gangsters Across Latin America Turn to Narco-Corridos

ARGENTINA / 19 NOV 2021

Once the purview of Mexican drug cartels, the production of pro-gang songs that soothe the egos of powerful criminal overlords are swiftly becoming a region-wide phenomenon.

Ecuador Smuggling Rings See Windfall in Migrants

COLOMBIA / 19 NOV 2021

A surge in US-bound migrants has been a boon to human smuggling rings in Ecuador – in a pattern that is playing out across much of the region.

A Faustian Bargain: The Cost of Restoring Haiti's Fuel Supply

HAITI / 18 NOV 2021

The relief provided by Haiti’s gangs finally releasing their chokehold on the country’s oil supply may only be temporary.

El Mencho's Wife Arrested - What Does it Mean for Jalisco Cartel?

EL MENCHO / 18 NOV 2021

The arrest of the wife of CJNG boss El Mencho is being interpreted as a win against the cartel and a significant blow to the group's money laundering ability. But…

Colombia's San Andrés Losing Battle Against Illegal Fishing

COLOMBIA / 17 NOV 2021

As Colombia and Nicaragua continue battling over fishing rights and policing around the Caribbean archipelago of San Andrés, its waters have become vulnerable to illegal fishing from vessels across the…

Lots of Blame, Little Proof - Mexico's Cartels Behind Violence in Ecuador?

ECUADOR / 16 NOV 2021

After yet another prison massacre, Ecuadorean authorities have doubled down on Mexico’s two biggest cartels being behind gang warfare in the South American nation by providing weapons and cash to…

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Gender and Investigative Techniques Focus of Workshops

26 NOV 2021

On November 23-24, InSight Crime conducted a workshop called “How to Cover Organized Crime: Investigation Techniques and A Focus on Gender.” The session convened reporters and investigators from a dozen…

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InSight Crime Names Two New Board Members

19 NOV 2021

In recent weeks, InSight Crime added two new members to its board. Joy Olson is the former executive director of the Washington Office on Latin America…

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Senate Commission in Paraguay Cites InSight Crime

12 NOV 2021

InSight Crime’s reporting and investigations often reach the desks of diplomats, security officials and politicians. The latest example occurred in late October during a commission of Paraguay's Senate that tackled…

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Backing Investigative Journalism Around the Globe

5 NOV 2021

InSight Crime was a proud supporter of this year's Global Investigative Journalism Conference, which took place November 1 through November 5 and convened nearly 2,000 journalists…

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Tracking Dirty Money and Tren de Aragua

29 OCT 2021

InSight Crime was delighted to support investigative reporting in the Americas through a workshop with our friends at Connectas, a non-profit journalism initiative that facilitates collaboration…