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Paraguay Bungling Chance to Root Out Corruption in Customs

CONTRABAND / 10 JUL 2020

Last year, the arrest of top customs officials in Paraguay revealed a sprawling corruption network that allowed smugglers to operate with near-complete impunity. As their trial is now set to…

Environmental Fines Become Flashpoint for Brazil's Deforestation Crisis

BRAZIL / 8 JUL 2020

The abandonment of environmental fines for illegal deforestation in Brazil is leading to a political scandal, with a cabinet minister potentially being removed from office and state governments breaking with…

Argentina Drug Gang Extorts 'Blue Dollar' Sellers

ARGENTINA / 7 JUL 2020

A criminal group in Argentina has found a novel target for extortion: black market currency dealers who are moving large amounts of cash to dollar-hungry Argentines in an economy hit…

Warrants Breathe New Hope Into Mexico’s Unsolved Ayotzinapa Investigation

AYOTZINAPA / 5 JUL 2020

Authorities in Mexico have announced a fresh wave of arrest warrants against government officials for their alleged connection to the still unsolved disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students, bringing renewed hope…

Mexico Oil Thieves Go Underground to Avoid Detection

MEXICO / 3 JUL 2020

Oil thieves in Mexico have diversified yet again and are now sidestepping security forces by utilizing hoses buried just out of sight under ground to transport stolen fuel, highlighting ongoing…

Venezuela's Birds Smuggled to Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Beyond

CARIBBEAN / 2 JUL 2020

Shocking images of dead birds floating in the Caribbean have exposed a thriving illegal wildlife trade between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago..

Brazil Police Killings Rise During Coronavirus Pandemic

BRAZIL / 2 JUL 2020

The states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro recorded upticks in numbers of killings by Brazilian police during the first months of 2020, even while crime rates plunged as…

Soaring Gold Prices During Pandemic Fuel Peru's Illegal Mining

GOLD / 30 JUN 2020

Miners in Peru have skirted coronavirus mobility restrictions to return to Madre de Dios -- an Amazon region where the military launched a massive 2019 operation to root out illegal…

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.

Coronavirus Has Not Slowed Looting of Latin America’s Maritime Species

COVID AND CRIME / 24 JUN 2020

The pace of eco-trafficking in Latin America does not appear to have slowed under the coronavirus pandemic, with the smuggling of maritime species being particularly active.

Armed Groups in Colombia Target Children Amid Pandemic

COLOMBIA / 22 JUN 2020

Irregular armed groups in Colombia have ramped up their recruiting of poor young people, who find themselves even more vulnerable with schools shut down indefinitely to avoid the spread of…

US Offers Eye-Catching Rewards for Capture of Ex-FARC Mafia Leaders

COCAINE / 18 JUN 2020

A US reward of up to $20 million dollars for the capture of two key ex-FARC Mafia leaders raises questions about just why Washington values them so highly. On June…

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Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution Met With Uproar

6 MAY 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime launched its latest investigation, Venezuela’s Cocaine Revolution¸ accompanied by a virtual panel on its findings. The takeaways from this three-year effort, including the fact that Venezuela…

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Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

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InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

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Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

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Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…