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What are the Signs a Latin American Prison Is Working or Not?

CHILE / 26 JUN 2020

As part of his work in human rights, transitional justice and prison reform, Michael Reed has been inside dozens of prisons across the Americas. Reed, a dual US-Colombian citizen, is…

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…

Why One of Mexico’s Smallest States Is Also Its Most Violent

HOMICIDES / 24 JUN 2020

A series of assassinations of high-profile public figures in Colima marks the latest manifestation of violence in one of Mexico’s smallest yet deadliest state — a dubious honor attributable to Colima’s…

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.

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…

The Legacy of How Guatemala Destroyed its Own Anti-Corruption Crusade

ELITES AND CRIME / 17 JUN 2020

In 2015 and 2016, anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala saw a ray of hope, as criminal investigations led to the resignation and incarceration of former president Otto Pérez Molina on corruption charges,…

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…

The Ongoing Trafficking and Killing of Venezuelan Women in Mexico

GENDER AND CRIME / 16 JUN 2020

The rescue of three Venezuelan forced into sex trafficking in Mexico City has once again shone a spotlight on the ongoing violent treatment and deaths of Venezuelan migrants in the…

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…

4 Ways Microtraffickers are Getting Around Coronavirus Restrictions

ARGENTINA / 12 JUN 2020

Just like many legal enterprises trying to find ways to get their products to customers despite the pandemic, microtraffickers in Latin America have had to adjust to new ways of…

Why the Jalisco Cartel Does Not Dominate Mexico's Criminal Landscape

FEATURED / 11 JUN 2020

Media headlines and US indictments have confidently proclaimed the Jalisco Cartel to be  Mexico's dominant criminal group. But while it is certainly one of the country's principal national security threats,…

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Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Becomes Truly Transnational

29 JUL 2022

This week, InSight Crime published a deep dive into the total control that Venezuelan mega-gang, Tren de Aragua, has over the lives of those it smuggles between Venezuela and Chile…

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Turkish Traffickers Delivering Latin American Cocaine to Persian Gulf

15 JUL 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the second half of an investigation piecing together the emerging role of Turkish cocaine traffickers in supplying Russia and the Persian Gulf, which are among…

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Turkey as a Lynchpin in European Cocaine Pipeline

8 JUL 2022

InSight Crime is extending its investigation into the cocaine pipeline to Europe, and tracking the growing connections between Latin American drug traffickers and European criminal organizations. This led us to…

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Memo Fantasma Coverage Gets Worldwide Attention

1 JUL 2022

Guillermo Acevedo, the former Colombian drug lord and paramilitary commander better known as Memo Fantasma, may soon be allowed to leave prison. Since first revealing the identity of Memo Fantasma…

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Who Are Memo Fantasma and Sergio Roberto de Carvalho?

24 JUN 2022

Inside the criminal career of Memo Fantasma  In March 2020, InSight Crime revealed the identity and whereabouts of Memo Fantasma, a paramilitary commander and drug trafficker living in…