Brief

Business As Usual? Cocaine Seizures On the Rise At Bolivia-Brazil Border

BOLIVIA / 13 OCT 2020

Authorities claim that rising cocaine seizures along the Bolivia-Brazil border have come as a direct result of stepped-up enforcement, but such interceptions suggest drug smuggling in the porous zone continues…

Coronavirus Yet to Halt Peru’s Contraband Cigarette Trade

CONTRABAND / 9 OCT 2020

Police in Peru have recently seized large quantities of contraband cigarettes in one of the capital’s most populous districts, in what is just the latest reflection of the regional boom…

Destroy, Rinse, Repeat - Peru's Illegal Mining Struggles in Áncash

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 8 OCT 2020

Peruvian authorities have destroyed yet another illegal mining site in one of the nation’s most popular national parks, but the ongoing failure of official efforts to target this trade strongly…

Crashed Plane in Colombia May Be Example of 'Cloned Craft'

COCAINE / 6 OCT 2020

A small plane that crashed outside the Colombian capital had the same registration number as a drug plane seized in Honduras a decade ago -- a likely case of a…

Dutch Ship Makes Waves with Record Cocaine Seizures in Caribbean

CARIBBEAN / 5 OCT 2020

A patrol ship in the Dutch Caribbean has caught a ton of cocaine in a rapid series of seizures, displaying how regularly drug shipments traverse the area on their way…

Lost Property? Narco-Asset Seizures in Mexico Face Renewed Challenges

ELITES AND CRIME / 1 OCT 2020

Recent allegations of theft, lost property and institutionalized corruption suggest Andrés Manuel López Obrador's well-publicized auctions of criminal assets are being undermined by a wider misuse of said belongings, hampering…

Mexico to Close Prison Infamous for Narco Parties, ‘El Chapo’ Escape

MEXICO / 30 SEP 2020

A federal prison that housed some of Mexico’s most powerful crime bosses will shut down, marking the end for a facility that saw everything from high-profile escapes to lavish parties…

Costa Rica Passes Law to Destroy Illegal Runways on Private Property

COCAINE / 29 SEP 2020

A new law in Costa Rica, that looks to destroy illegal landingstrips, could provide an opportunity to control flights and close the country’s airways for drug traffickers. Nevertheless, reducing the…

How Organized Crime Networks Are Using Drones to Their Advantage

GUATEMALA / 29 SEP 2020

Criminal groups increasingly deploying drones -- for purposes ranging from surveillance to reported armed attacks of rivals -- has provoked a strong government response in Mexico. But will it be…

Yet More Negligence Uncovered in Mexico’s Handling of Ayotzinapa Case

AYOTZINAPA / 26 SEP 2020

A new report says that authorities in Mexico failed to send bone fragments found in connection to the Ayotzinapa investigation for analysis or further investigate the area where they were…

Panama’s Bocas del Toro Archipelago New Cocaine Seizure Hotspot

COCAINE / 25 SEP 2020

Authorities in Panama’s northwestern province of Bocas del Toro have intercepted a string of vessels carrying large amounts of cocaine, a sign that traffickers are using the archipelago as…

US Demands Mexico Double Down on Hardline Anti-Drug Approach

MEXICO / 23 SEP 2020

The United States is calling for authorities in Mexico to intensify their crack down on the country’s organized crime groups, doubling down on strategies that have failed to produce any…

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Guatemala Social Insecurity Investigation Makes Front Page News

10 DEC 2021

InSight Crime’s latest investigation into a case of corruption within Guatemala's social security agency linked to the deaths of patients with kidney disease made waves in…

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Venezuela El Dorado Investigation Makes Headlines

3 DEC 2021

InSight Crime's investigation into the trafficking of illegal gold in Venezuela's Amazon region generated impact on both social media and in the press. Besides being republished and mentioned by several…

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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…