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Proposed Law in Mexico Could Expand Military Role in Drug War

MEXICO / 25 NOV 2016

A new law up for debate in Mexico's lower house proposes to expand and regulate the role of the military in the country's decade-long drug war, a red flag to…

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Giuliani’s Work for Firm Behind Heroin Explosion Sparks Controversy

HEROIN / 18 NOV 2016

In addition to potentially scuttling his chances of securing a top job with the incoming administration of US President-elect Donald Trump, Rudolph Giuliani's controversial prior work on behalf of an…

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Guatemala Activist Says Criminal Structures Remain Embedded in Govt

ELITES AND CRIME / 14 NOV 2016

In this article, Guatemalan activist Helen Mack discusses the potential reorganization of criminal networks within the government, comments on the role of the private sector and the public to…

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Homicides Down in El Salvador, But Police-Gang Clashes Continue

EL SALVADOR / 10 NOV 2016

Government figures indicate a significant decrease in El Salvador's homicide rate this year, but the conflict between gangs and security forces appears to be intensifying.

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Will Ortega’s Grip on Nicaragua Politics Open Door to More Corruption?

NICARAGUA / 7 NOV 2016

Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega has been re-elected to a fourth term in office in a landslide victory. But as his inner circle tightens its hold on power, the legitimacy of state…

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How Decentralizing Political Power Strengthened Colombia Crime Groups

COLOMBIA / 2 NOV 2016

A pair of recent reports highlights how Colombia's government decentralization process over the past 30 years has facilitated the incursion of organized crime into local politics, and how this development…

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Comparing Presidential Corruption Scandals in Guatemala and Brazil: Part 2

BRAZIL / 28 OCT 2016

On October 27, InSight Crime published an analysis comparing recent corruption scandals involving former presidents in Guatemala and Brazil. In addition to reporting by InSight Crime and other…

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Spanish Navy’s Cocaine Cargo Skipped Customs Checks

CARIBBEAN / 27 OCT 2016

A military judge has indicted six Spanish military sailors and a civilian for allegedly trafficking cocaine hidden aboard a naval training ship, a rare case touching upon the often overlooked…

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MS13 Pooled Resources to Fund ‘Elite’ Unit: Report

EL SALVADOR / 13 OCT 2016

A new report seems to indicate that various branches of the MS13 gang in El Salvador attempted to pool their resources in order to fund an elite unit as a…

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How Latin America Could Cut Its Murder Rate By 50 Percent

HOMICIDES / 11 OCT 2016

Many deaths are unavoidable. Natural disasters and incurable illnesses can claim lives suddenly, without warning. But there is one untimely death that can be avoided -- homicide. It is time for Latin…

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Honduras Extraditions Hint at Ongoing Weakness in Judicial System

EXTRADITION / 10 OCT 2016

Five members of the weakened Valles drug trafficking organization are facing extradition to the United States, highlighting the Honduran government's commitment to dismantling the once notorious trafficking group but also…

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Can Latin American Governments Keep Up With Cyber Criminals?

CYBERCRIME / 26 SEP 2016

Extensive reports have repeatedly underlined Latin America’s vulnerability to cybercrime, an Achilles' heel which organized crime is already capitalizing on and that could develop into a serious security threat in…

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InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

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InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…