All About Costa Rica

COSTA RICA / 5 JAN 2016

Homicides reached historic levels during the past year in Costa Rica, forcing authorities to look for new ways to counteract the surge in violence. …

COSTA RICA / 26 NOV 2015

Assassins from Costa Rica are reportedly traveling to Mexico to receive specialized training from criminal groups, suggesting Costa Rican criminals are growing in sophistication by learning from their more experienced…

CHILE / 25 OCT 2015

An in-depth study into the costs of crime and violence in Latin America concludes that they have a profound economic impact in the region, costing nations an average of three…

COSTA RICA / 16 OCT 2015

The recent bust of a cocaine smuggling operation has uncovered the presence of the Italian mafia in Costa Rica, putting pressure on authorities to respond. …

COSTA RICA / 24 SEP 2015

Authorities in Costa Rica are expecting "pandemic" levels of violence this year, even as battles between local criminal groups for control of the country's drug trade intensify. …

COSTA RICA / 17 SEP 2015

A court in Costa Rica has sentenced the head of Nicaragua drug trafficking group the Tarzanes, a reflection of the criminal organization's operational presence in this neighboring Central American country. …

BELIZE / 7 AUG 2015

Top law enforcement officials from seven Central American countries met with the US Attorney General to discuss rising violence, drug-trafficking, and organized crime, underscoring how seriously the US now views…

COSTA RICA / 8 JUL 2015

Costa Rica’s top security official has called for a new government body that specializes in fighting organized crime and drug trafficking, amid concerns over rising violence levels.

BARRIO 18 / 12 JUN 2015

A new report reveals the presence of street gangs or "maras" from the Northern Triangle in Costa Rica, while recent trends in the country's criminal dynamics suggests the influence of…

COSTA RICA / 3 JUN 2015

Across Latin America, the effects of disproportionate punishment for low-level, non-violent drug offenses are particularly severe for women. To shed light on this issue, the Washington Office on Latin America…

COSTA RICA / 25 MAY 2015

Recent bloodshed in Costa Rica's capital has been attributed to gangs battling for control of local drug sales, furthering concerns that the country's development as a major drug transit zone…

COSTA RICA / 14 MAY 2015

Over $4 billion is laundered in Costa Rica every year, according to a government official, where a high degree of financial openness combined with the country’s growing role in the…

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Inside the criminal career of Memo Fantasma  In March 2020, InSight Crime revealed the identity and whereabouts of Memo Fantasma, a paramilitary commander and drug trafficker living in…

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Environmental and Academic Praise

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Series on Plunder of Peru’s Amazon Makes Headlines

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Cattle Trafficking Acclaim, Investigation into Peru’s Amazon 

27 MAY 2022

On May 18, InSight Crime launched its most recent investigation into cattle trafficking between Central America and Mexico. It showed precisely how beef, illicitly produced in Honduras, Guatemala…