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Histories and profiles of organized crime groups, insurgencies, street gangs, vigilantes and the criminal actors that lead them.

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Juan Orlando Hernández

HONDURAS / 20 APR 2022

Juan Orlando Hernández, Honduras’ former president, is facing trial on US drug charges after allegations that he received bribes to…

400 Mawozo

CARIBBEAN / MARCH 23, 2022

The 400 Mawozo (400 Lame Men) gang is currently the largest active criminal group in Haiti. Led by Joseph Wilson,…

10th Front - Ex-FARC Mafia

COLOMBIA GROUPS / 18 JAN 2022

The 10th Front, also known as the Martín Villa Front, is one of the most active elements of the ex-FARC…

The Capture of Otoniel

27 OCT 2021

Otoniel was the most wanted drug trafficker in Colombia, with a $5 million bounty on his head. InSight Crime explores…

Pachenca

COLOMBIA / MAY 10, 2022

The Pachenca, also known as the Conquering Self-Defense Forces of the Sierra (Autodefensas Conquistadores de la Sierra), emerged following the…

Ariel Máximo Cantero, alias 'Guille'

Ariel Máximo Cantero, alias “Guille,” is the leader of Los Monos, a family clan and drug gang based in Rosario,…

Pablo Escobar

AUC / 30 AUG 2021

Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was the pioneer in industrial-scale cocaine trafficking.

Jimmy Chérizier, alias 'Barbecue'

CARIBBEAN / OCTOBER 21, 2021

Former police officer Jimmy Chérizier, alias "Barbecue," is one of Haiti’s most prolific gang leaders.

Bala na Cara

BRAZIL / 27 JUL 2021

Bala na Cara (BNC) is a prominent criminal group in Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Border Command

COLOMBIA / 8 JUL 2021

Los Comandos de la Frontera, or the Border Command, formerly known as La Mafia, is a group made up of…

G9 and Family

The “G9 and family and allies” (“G9 en fanmi e alyi” – G9) is a criminal federation of nine of…

César Emilio Peralta, alias ‘El Abusador’

COCAINE / 29 JUN 2021

César Emilio Peralta, alias “El Abusador,” is one of the Dominican Republic's most notorious drug traffickers.

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Memo Fantasma's Wife Faces Potential Money Laundering Charges

COLOMBIA / 26 MAY 2022

Prosecutors in Colombia held a hearing with the partner of alleged drug trafficker Guillermo León Acevedo, alias "Memo Fantasma," on possible money laundering charges, making her the third family member…

Betrayals, In-Fighting, Mysteriously Vanished Leader - Is Jalisco Cartel on the Brink?

EL MENCHO / 25 MAY 2022

The CJNG’s reign as Mexico’s most dominant and ruthless cartel may be showing some signs of wear.

Ransomware Built in Venezuela Used to Target Institutions Across Latin America

CYBERCRIME / 24 MAY 2022

A doctor operating out of Bolívar City, Venezuela has been charged with designing, operating and selling ransomware tools to a whole host of criminal actors.

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