HomeNewsAnalysisWeekly InSight: Colombia's Criminal Dynamics and Allegations against Honduras Elites
ANALYSIS

Weekly InSight: Colombia's Criminal Dynamics and Allegations against Honduras Elites

COCA / 23 MAR 2017 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

In our March 23 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa moderated a discussion with Co-director Jeremy McDermott and Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos about two of the biggest organized crime stories in Latin America this week: the evolving criminal dynamics in Colombia as the peace process with the FARC unfolds, and the explosive allegations leveled by a confessed drug trafficker against numerous Honduran elites.

We published a story on March 23 about the departments of Colombia that are playing the biggest role in the boom in coca production in that country. McDermott explained the significance of this development in the context of the ongoing peace process between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - FARC). He also discussed the ways in which the coca boom is impacting criminal violence in various parts of Colombia as well as its neighbors, and how rising cocaine use in Latin America could change the criminal market dynamics of the drug.

SEE ALSO: Coverage of the FARC Peace Process

Another major story this week centers on testimony given in a US court by a confessed Honduran drug trafficker, who accused several individuals in the highest echelons of Honduran politics of having links to organized crime. Silva Ávalos explained the potential impact of the statements by Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga, the head of the Cachiros crime group who later became a DEA informant, at the drug trafficking trial of Fabio Lobo, the son of former Honduran President Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo. Silva Ávalos discussed how the testimony -- which has implicated Pepe Lobo himself and his brother, as well as the brother of the sitting president and other current and former elites -- could lead to political problems, and potentially criminal charges, for some of those whose names have been mentioned.

SEE ALSO: InDepth Coverage of Elites and Organized Crime

The discussion also turned to US policy with regard to sanctioning and criminally charging Latin American elites with alleged ties to organized crime. Silva Ávalos linked the investigation and prosecution of Honduran elites like Fabio Lobo to the continuing support of the US government for anti-corruption efforts in Central America. And McDermott compared US efforts to target Central American elites suspected of corruption to sanctions and criminal charges leveled by US authorities against high-level officials within the Venezuelan government.

Watch the Facebook Live broadcast to hear the full conversation:

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

COLOMBIA / 29 MAY 2021

While Latin America is home to the trafficking of all manner of species, several foundations are working to save arguably…

COLOMBIA / 20 JUL 2021

A synthetic drug popular in Colombia's party scene was recently found to be laced with the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl,…

ARGENTINA / 1 OCT 2020

From mostly being a lower-level criminal annoyance, oil theft has spread across Latin America during the coronavirus pandemic as a…

About InSight Crime

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Extensive Coverage of our Chronicles of a Cartel Bodyguard

23 SEP 2022

Our recent investigation, A Cartel Bodyguard in Mexico’s 'Hot Land', has received extensive media coverage.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime, American University Host Illegal Fishing Panel

19 SEP 2022

InSight Crime and the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University discussed the findings of a joint investigation on IUU fishing at a September 9 conference.

THE ORGANIZATION

Impact on the Media Landscape

9 SEP 2022

InSight Crime’s first investigation on the Dominican Republic made an immediate impact on the Dominican media landscape, with major news outlets republishing and reprinting our findings, including in …

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Sharpens Its Skills

2 SEP 2022

Last week, the InSight Crime team gathered for our annual retreat in Colombia, where we discussed our vision and strategy for the next 12 months.  During the week, we also learned how to…

THE ORGANIZATION

Colombia’s Fragile Path to Peace Begins to Take Shape

26 AUG 2022

InSight Crime is charting the progress of President Gustavo Petro’s agenda as he looks to revolutionize Colombia’s security policy, opening dialogue with guerrillas, reforming the military and police, and…