Peru is the world’s second-largest cocaine producer after Colombia. While the Shining Path guerrillas used drug proceeds to fortify their battle against the state, the group has grown weaker in recent years. Today, Peru’s criminal landscape features localized groups that maintain sophisticated cocaine trafficking networks to Europe, Asia and the United States. Domestic traffickers share territory with foreign drug trafficking organizations from Colombia and Mexico, and also have ties to transnational groups in Brazil and Italy.
Lake Titicaca serves as a crossroads for varied criminal economies, from cocaine shipments to trafficking the frogs that live along its banks.
Failing prison systems and entrenched corruption mean mega-prisons holding tens of thousands won't solve insecurity in Latin America.
The capture of Tren de Aragua members will test if Peru and Chile’s prisons can hold this dangerous gang.
Increased coca cultivation in Peru provides the raw ingredient cocaine traffickers use when pushing into developing markets like Australia.
Peru coca prices are low. And that's leading to potential cocaine production in Bolivia.
InSight Crime charts the history of cocaine from agricultural extract to the basis of global criminal empires.
Indigenous communities in Brazil are using drones to fight deforestation and the frequent assaults of loggers on their lands.
Following multiple killings, Indigenous leaders in the Peruvian Amazon are again facing threats of violence after coca eradication operations in their area, in a stark warning of the risks faced…