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Venezuela Investigates Jet Plane Drug Bust in Dominican Republic

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 1 APR 2015

Four members of Venezuela’s National Guard and a prominent businessman have been arrested for allegedly smuggling cocaine in a jet plane to the Dominican Republic, highlighting the popularity of this…

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Meet Peru’s New 'Narco-Governors'

19 DEC 2014

Following December 7 run-off elections, Peru has now elected at least six governors under investigation or facing charges for crimes ranging from embezzlement to drug trafficking, which undermines the legitimacy…

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Venezuela Interior Minister Replaced Amid Pressure From Militant Collective

COLECTIVOS / 28 OCT 2014

Venezuela's interior minister has been replaced, leading some to question whether it may have been due to pressure from a militant collective in Caracas that blamed him for a recent…

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No Top National Guard Officials Will Stand Trial in Venezuela's Air France Cocaine Bust

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 15 OCT 2014

Venezuela has charged 27 suspects in a case involving a massive cocaine seizure made on an Air France flight last year, but high-ranking members of the National Guard are conspicuously…

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Peru's VRAEM Region: The Home of Miss Coca

COCA / 17 JUN 2014

Peru has become the biggest cocaine producer and exporter in the world. In the main cultivation region, farmers make their living selling coca leaf with no questions asked. Those in…

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Can Venezuela's Violence Be Blamed on Colombian Criminals?

COLOMBIA / 20 JAN 2014

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has blamed the country's violence and drug trafficking on criminals from Colombia, an analysis that fails to take into account the growth of domestic organized crime,…

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Venezuela Government Admits Keeping Crime Figures Secret

HOMICIDES / 15 JUL 2013

The Venezuelan government has admitted to deliberately refraining from releasing crime statistics to the public, while asking the media to cooperate in "improving the perception of security" in one…

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Facebook Hitman Highlights Organized Crime's Online Presence

CYBERCRIME / 21 JUN 2013

Need someone rubbed out but stuck for contacts? Just head to Facebook. According to an investigation by a Peruvian newspaper, contract killers are using the website to connect with…

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Cocaine Seizure Highlights Scale of Venezuela-Central America Trafficking

COLOMBIA / 26 APR 2013

Venezuela seized more than 2.6 tons of cocaine that authorities believe was destined for Central America, highlighting the scale of what is now one of the region's principal trafficking routes.

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Venezuela Claims Capture of 94 Crime Bosses Since 2006

VENEZUELA / 23 NOV 2012

Venezuela's Interior and Justice Minister Nestor Reverol said that with the latest capture of a Colombian drug trafficker in Venezuelan territory, the country has arrested 94 crime bosses…

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Seized Money Points to Illicit Venezuela-Mexico Connection

MEXICO / 16 OCT 2012

A look into Mexican government records by Milenio reveals that in 2010, authorities in Mexico City found more than $3.3 million hidden in a shipment headed for Caracas,…

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With Chavez Win, Venezuelan Gangs Could Expand

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 8 OCT 2012

Hugo Chavez's victory in the presidential elections will give Venezuela's organized criminal syndicates another six years to grow and consolidate their power, in South America's most important transit nation for…

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InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

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InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

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Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

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Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.

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Series on Environmental Crime in the Amazon Generates Headlines

17 SEP 2021

InSight Crime and the Igarapé Institute have been delighted at the response to our joint investigation into environmental crimes in the Colombian Amazon. Coverage of our chapters dedicated to illegal mining…