InSight Crime investigates how the death of a popular singer has highlighted the links of Nicaragua’s acclaimed police with organized crime in the country and how they fuel drug trafficking in the remote city of Bluefields.
The Nicaraguan city of Bluefields is a place where the narco-transporters rule, and cocaine floats off the coast and into the nightclubs.
The investigation into the July 2011 murder of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral has unveiled a devious criminal network based in Nicaragua — a country that many consider a model for avoiding high-level mafia infiltration — which may involve the country’s celebrated police force.
Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America and has the smallest police force, yet its murder rate is the lowest in the region, and its police are seen as a model for others. On June 19, InSight Crime interviewed national police chief Aminta Granera about the challenges facing the region and her country.