Analysis

Cocaine Seizures Expose Flaws at Guatemala, Honduras Ports

COCAINE / 28 MAY 2020

The discovery of large amounts of cocaine in cargo shipped from Honduran and Guatemalan ports has revealed the difficulties in securing maritime shipping operations on the northern stretch of Central…

As Officer Murders Soar, Identity Crisis Plagues Mexico’s Local Police

MEXICO / 27 MAY 2020

Two municipal police officers, Omar Nieves and Noemí Esperanza, were on routine patrol, sitting in traffic in broad daylight on a highway in northern Celaya, when a small car pulled…

Colombia Attorney General Confirms Identity of 'Memo Fantasma'

COLOMBIA / 26 MAY 2020

Colombia’s top prosecutor says that Madrid-based businessman Guillermo León Acevedo Giraldo is Memo Fantasma, confirming InSight Crime's investigation into the identity of the elusive drug lord and paramilitary commander.

What Lockdown? World’s Cocaine Traffickers Sniff at Movement Restrictions

COCAINE / 26 MAY 2020

As a wave of coronavirus infections hit Italy in late March, Rocco Molè, a member of the country’s ’Ndrangheta organized crime group, was faced with a dilemma.As a wave of…

The Two Deaths of Agent Sherill Hernández in Honduras

ELITES AND CRIME / 21 MAY 2020

Twenty-eight-year-old Honduran investigator Sherill Yubissa Hernández Mancía died two different ways, depending on whom you ask. Found in a pool of blood by colleagues in her Santa Rosa de…

Colombia's Coca Eradicators Spared From Coronavirus Lockdown

COCA / 20 MAY 2020

While it has imposed a stringent coronavirus lockdown, the Colombian government has come under fire for allowing coca eradication campaigns to continue largely unabated. Colombia’s President Iván Duque…

Colombia's High Commissioner for Peace Lays Out New Appeal to Armed Groups

COLOMBIA / 19 MAY 2020

Amid an unprecedented global health crisis, a national lockdown and uncertainty about the evolution of the country's main criminal actors, the Colombian government is trying to encourage members of…

Colombia Running Out of Incentives to Convince Armed Fighters to Surrender

COLOMBIA / 19 MAY 2020

The Colombian government's latest offer of legal benefits to individuals of armed groups who surrender and face justice was met with skepticism, especially since it came amid the coronavirus lockdown.

EU, Caribbean Nations at Loggerheads Over Money Laundering Blacklist

CARIBBEAN / 18 MAY 2020

The European Union's latest money laundering blacklist included four Caribbean nations that have been deemed to be high-risk countries. The list was met by cries of unfairness from officials, but…

Despite Vast Oil Reserves, Venezuela Smuggling Gasoline From Colombia, Brazil

COLOMBIA / 15 MAY 2020

Despite having the world's largest oil reserves, years of mismanagement and theft have led Venezuela to a bizarre turn of events. Gasoline is so scarce in the country that, in…

Venezuela Prison Implodes Under Additional Strain From Coronavirus

COVID AND CRIME / 12 MAY 2020

In mid-March, alarms were being raised about how vulnerable Venezuelan prisoners were to the spread of the coronavirus and the draconian measures implemented to prevent its spread.

US Indictments Highlight Venezuela-Central America Drug Connections

EL SALVADOR / 11 MAY 2020

Recent US indictments have shown in detail how Venezuela was at one point a key stepping stone for cocaine heading to the United States via Central America and how political,…

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Extensive Coverage of our Chronicles of a Cartel Bodyguard

23 SEP 2022

Our recent investigation, A Cartel Bodyguard in Mexico’s 'Hot Land', has received extensive media coverage.

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InSight Crime, American University Host Illegal Fishing Panel

19 SEP 2022

InSight Crime and the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University discussed the findings of a joint investigation on IUU fishing at a September 9 conference.

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Impact on the Media Landscape

9 SEP 2022

InSight Crime’s first investigation on the Dominican Republic made an immediate impact on the Dominican media landscape, with major news outlets republishing and reprinting our findings, including in …

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InSight Crime Sharpens Its Skills

2 SEP 2022

Last week, the InSight Crime team gathered for our annual retreat in Colombia, where we discussed our vision and strategy for the next 12 months.  During the week, we also learned how to…

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Colombia’s Fragile Path to Peace Begins to Take Shape

26 AUG 2022

InSight Crime is charting the progress of President Gustavo Petro’s agenda as he looks to revolutionize Colombia’s security policy, opening dialogue with guerrillas, reforming the military and police, and…