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The Invisible Drug Lord: Hunting 'The Ghost'

COLOMBIA / 29 MAR 2020

Drug traffickers today realize that their best protection is not a private army but anonymity. This is the story of “Memo Fantasma” or “Will the Ghost,” who started life in…

BRIEF

Colombia's 'Invisible' Drug Traffickers May Include 'Narco-Ghost'

AUC / 21 JUL 2015

A profile of a Colombian drug trafficker who, after a long criminal career, disappeared off the radar highlights how key figures in the underworld continue to successfully operate undetected.

NEWS

Demobilized But Not Disarmed, Colombia Paramilitaries Continue Extorting

AUC / 31 MAY 2021

Several demobilized members of a notorious right-wing paramilitary group in Colombia passed themselves off as a new self-defense force and extorted locals, highlighting how these armed actors continue to terrorize…

INVESTIGATIONS

University Deans and Guatemala’s Convoluted Road to a New Attorney General

ELITES AND CRIME / 2 APR 2018

Guatemala is on the verge of electing a new attorney general. The first filter in the selection process is the postulation commission, made up primarily of the deans from the…

INVESTIGATIONS

Colombia Elites and Organized Crime: 'Don Berna'

AUC / 9 AUG 2016

By the end of 1993, Pablo Escobar was cornered. The cocaine king -- known as "El Patrón" -- was running out of money and options. His top assassins were either…

ANALYSIS

Accusations Cloud Mexico's Upcoming Elections

ELITES AND CRIME / 3 JUN 2016

The run-up to Mexico's June 5 gubernatorial elections has been beset with reports linking candidates to organized crime, and voters could knock President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario…

ANALYSIS

Why CentAm Social Security Agencies Generate Corruption, Crime

ELITES AND CRIME / 7 JUL 2015

A series of corruption scandals implicating high-level government officials have rocked Honduras and Guatemala in recent months. In both countries, the governments' social security agences are at the forefront of…

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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…

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Backing Investigative Journalism Around the Globe

5 NOV 2021

InSight Crime was a proud supporter of this year's Global Investigative Journalism Conference, which took place November 1 through November 5 and convened nearly 2,000 journalists…