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Venezuela’s Withdrawal of Bolivar Bill Promises to Benefit Organized Crime

CONTRABAND / 19 DEC 2016

President Nicolas Maduro has justified the withdrawal of Venezuela's 100 bolivar note as a means of undercutting criminal earnings, but past examples suggest that criminal groups will actually profit from…

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Arrest of Third Suspect May be Game Changer in Venezuela's 'Narco Nephews' Case

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 9 NOV 2016

The recent arrest in Honduras of a lesser-known suspect in Venezuela's “narco nephews” case may bring to light additional information about the trafficking network involved, given the defendant's potentially key…

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Militarization and Crime: Central America’s Dangerous Gamble

EL SALVADOR / 13 SEP 2016

Normal 0 21 false false false FR X-NONE X-NONE A new report indicates that Central American states have increasingly relied on the military to fight…

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Indicted Minister: Venezuela is Free of Drug Trafficking

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 24 AUG 2016

Venezuela's new minister of Interior and Justice touted the country's drug interdiction bona fides just weeks after the US government announced he had been indicted on drug trafficking charges.

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Venezuela Sentences Low-Ranking Military in Air France Cocaine Bust

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 17 AUG 2016

Authorities in Venezuela sentenced 10 individuals for trafficking 1.4 tons of cocaine on an Air France flight in 2013, but the convicted did not include any high-level military officials --…

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US Charges Fmr Venezuela Anti-Drug Officials with Cocaine Trafficking

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 2 AUG 2016

US officials have formally announced cocaine trafficking charges against two men who previously served in top positions in Venezuela's national anti-narcotics agency, a major indictment that comes in the midst…

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Killings of Venezuela Security Forces On the Rise Amid Crisis

VENEZUELA / 6 JUN 2016

A bloodstained weekend marked the latest chapter in a year of increased violence against Venezuela's security forces, a trend that is expected to continue as the country's political and economic…

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Organized Crime in the Americas: What to Expect in 2016

CIACS / 1 JAN 2016

At the end of each year, InSight Crime gazes into the crystal ball and seeks to make predictions on where organized crime is going to find particularly fertile ground in…

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Venezuela’s New Security Plan Turns Fight Against Crime into Battle Against Paramilitaries

HUMAN RIGHTS / 26 JUL 2015

 The Venezuelan government mantains that a recently launched, massive security plan is intended to break the power that criminal gangs wield over urban neighborhoods. Yet the operation may ultimately result…

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Venezuela Arrests Ex-National Guard Officers for Drug Trafficking

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 22 JUL 2015

The arrests of two retired high-ranking officers in Venezuela's National Guard for drug trafficking may be the result of political maneuverings, rather than an effort to clean up corruption…

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'Mega-Gangs': The Latest Criminal Collective in Venezuela

VENEZUELA / 20 JUL 2015

Heavily armed "mega-gangs" are terrorizing swathes of Venezuela, say experts, in the latest indication the country's criminal chaos may be converging around more organized structures.

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New Book Levels Serious Drug Trafficking Allegations Against Venezuela Officials

ELITES AND CRIME / 12 MAY 2015

A new book documenting alleged links between Venezuela officials and the drug trade is astounding in the scope of its accusations, and alleges that corruption and involvement in drug trafficking…

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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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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

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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…