Brief

Brazil Sends Army Troops into Rio's Slums

BRAZIL / 25 NOV 2010

Brazil sent troops and tanks into poor neighborhoods to help reinforce police units whose battles this week against criminal gangs have left 23 dead, numerous buses and cars destroyed, and…

Brazilian Police Launch Massive Raid of Rio's 'Favelas,' Ten Captured

BRAZIL / 24 NOV 2010

Authorities in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday launched a massive air and ground operation in a score of shantytown neighborhoods known as "favelas" on the outskirts of the city to…

Police Arrest Brother of Puerto Rican Kingpin

CARIBBEAN / 23 NOV 2010

Police in Puerto Rico arrested 17 people yesterday accused of ties to the island's most notorious drug trafficker, Jose Figueroa Capsula, alias "Junior Capsula," who was arrested last July. …

Citing Zetas Drug Gang, Guatemalan Interior Minister Calls for More US Assistance

GUATEMALA / 23 NOV 2010

Citing recent clashes between Guatemalan security forces and the Zetas drug trafficking organization, Guatemalan Interior Minister Carlos Menocal called on the US to provide for more anti-narcotics assistance.  …

Colombian Police Capture Rastrojos Leader with FARC Ties

COLOMBIA / 23 NOV 2010

Colombian National Police on Monday captured Rastrojos leader Hector Eudoro Rivera Erazo, alias "Caballo," in the town of Soacha, just outside of Bogota.

US to Grant Some Merida Initiative Funds Ahead of Schedule

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 23 NOV 2010

Under the framework of the Merida Initiative, the US will give $333 million in aid and equipment to Mexico before the end of 2010, said US Assistant Secretary of State…

Brother of Guatemalan Drug Lord Slain

EL LOCO BARRERA / 22 NOV 2010

Arturo Paredes Cordoba, the brother of Jorge Mario Paredes Cordoba (pictured), alias "El Gordo," was assassinated along with another man as he drove his car in Rio Dulce, Izabal, Guatemala.

Extradition Process for 'La Barbie' Begins

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 22 NOV 2010

Mexican authorities formally began extradition proceedings for Edgar Valdez Villareal, alias "La Barbie," a former top-level member of the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) who was captured in August. He is…

Ex-governor Killed in Mexico

MEXICO / 22 NOV 2010

Silverio Cavazos Ceballos, the former governor of the western state of Colima, was assassinated Sunday. …

Domestic Cannabis Cultivation - US Govt Assessment 2009

22 NOV 2010

The debate over legalizing marijuana surged in 2010. Here are the estimates of domestic marijuana production. “Domestic Cannabis Cultivation Assessment 2009 United States National Drug Intelligence Center.

'National Methamphetamine Threat Assessment 2010,' U.S. Department of Justice

METHAMPHETAMINE / 22 NOV 2010

In June The New York Times obtained a leaked U.S. government report on methamphetamine production as well as patterns of its use and price in the United States, that the U.S.

Bolivia and Paraguay Sign Drug Trafficking Treaty

BOLIVIA / 19 NOV 2010

Both the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense for Bolivia and Paraguay signed a bilateral agreement yesterday during the fourth session of the "Two-Plus-Two Dialogue," a summit on smuggling, drug…

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Our coverage of the arrest of Chapitos’ co-founder Ovidio Guzmán López in Mexico has received worldwide attention.In the UK, outlets including The Independent and BBC…

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Last week, InSight Crime Co-founder Steven Dudley took part in the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor and…

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Immediate Response to US-Mexico Marijuana Investigation

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InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…