Brief

Peru in Familiar Stalemate With Shining Path Rebels

COCA / 4 SEP 2020

Yet again, Peruvian security forces are seeking to force Shining Path guerrillas out a jungle region that produces most of the country’s cocaine, but military operations have long failed to…

Peru Hospital Staff Extort Families to Identify Coronavirus Victims

COVID AND CRIME / 2 SEP 2020

Amidst Peru’s coronavirus crisis, hospital workers are demanding bribes from relatives to confirm deceased victims’ identities and arrange illegal funerals, revealing how the pandemic has created new opportunities for criminal…

Sophisticated Schemes Revealed in Costa Rica Gold Ring

COSTA RICA / 2 SEP 2020

Raids across Costa Rica have exposed a web of front companies filtering illegally mined gold to the United States, in the kind of multimillion-dollar laundering scheme not typically associated with…

Colombia-Mexico Links Alleged in Narco-Sub Caught in Pacific

COCAINE / 1 SEP 2020

Authorities say a submarine intercepted off Colombia's Pacific Coast was carrying more than a ton of cocaine bound for Mexico's Jalisco Cartel, though the details are scant and the route…

More Than Drug Trafficking Drives Violence in Colombia's Nariño

COLOMBIA / 26 AUG 2020

The Colombian government has blamed drug trafficking for three massacres in the south of the country, but violence in the region is likely spurred by armed groups, who sow terror…

Fugitive’s Return Promises New Graft Revelations in Guatemala

ELITES AND CRIME / 26 AUG 2020

A Guatemala political operator accused of taking millions in bribes has surrendered after four years as a fugitive and is set to face a series of trials in which his…

Arrests, Seizures Show Colombians Processing Cocaine in Europe

COCAINE / 24 AUG 2020

Authorities in the Netherlands are discovering more cocaine processing facilities, but the dismantling of the largest one to date, staffed by Colombian workers, marks a new chapter for the country.

Mexico City Fentanyl Seizures May Point to Shifting Trafficking Trends

COVID AND CRIME / 21 AUG 2020

Authorities in Mexico have recently seized large quantities of fentanyl and precursor chemicals used to make the synthetic drug at the international airport in the capital, raising questions as to…

Chile's Gangs Embrace Wild 'Narco-Funerals'

CHILE / 20 AUG 2020

Chile’s struggle to contain riotous burials for alleged gang members raises questions about why this practice is commonplace in a country that has not traditionally seen the funerary excesses associated…

Police Reform Top Concern for New Dominican Republic President

CARIBBEAN / 19 AUG 2020

The Dominican Republic’s new president has put police reform at the top of his security priorities, marking just the latest effort to fight the official corruption that has long facilitated…

Honduras Cocaine Seizures Reveal Renewal of Drug Corridor

COCAINE / 19 AUG 2020

Authorities in Honduras have seized more cocaine during the first seven months of this year than all of 2019, indicating a resurgence of one of Central America’s most important cocaine…

Money Launderer Extraordinaire Dario Messer Finally Faces Justice in Brazil

BRAZIL / 17 AUG 2020

An agreement between a Brazilian court and Dario Messer, the key operator behind one of South America’s largest money laundering operations, ends proceeding against him in that country, but his…

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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…