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CARIBBEAN / 22 SEP 2016

The Dominican Republic's former top anti-narcotics official was sentenced to 20 years in prison for cocaine theft in a case that illustrates how the island's corrupt state agents are potentially…

CARIBBEAN / 23 AUG 2016

The Dominican Republic’s new attorney general faces big challenges in combatting the organized crime that has made the island nation a hub for drug trafficking in the Caribbean,…

CARIBBEAN / 2017-09-15

The Caribbean's geographic location and countless islands make it a huge transshipment route for drugs heading to the United States, a dynamic that has fostered high rates of violence and…

CARIBBEAN / 26 JUL 2016

Panama and Guatemala have seen a sizeable increase in drug seizures through the first half of 2016, an indication of Central America's persistent importance as a trafficking route to the…

CARIBBEAN / 21 JUL 2016

The head of a major political party in the Dominican Republic has become the latest high-profile figure to denounce the influence of organized crime in the Caribbean nation's political scene.

CARIBBEAN / 19 JUL 2016

The capture of 19 people for trafficking cocaine through the Caribbean archipelago of San Andrés reveals how Colombia's criminal groups used -- and will continue to use -- this tourist…

CARIBBEAN / 8 JUN 2016

The Caribbean archipelago of San Andrés, Colombia, has been a smuggling hub for centuries, serving as a crossroads for illegal activities between mainland Colombia and Central America. Today, these highly strategic islands remain…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 6 JUN 2016

The security situation continues to erode in Trinidad and Tobago as the island nation struggles to combat organized crime fueled by the drug trade and deterioration in nearby Venezuela is…

CARIBBEAN / 2 JUN 2016

A new report provides insight into how traffickers move cocaine to the lucrative European market, including the key trafficking routes and smuggling techniques criminal groups have adopted to skirt drug interdiction…

CARIBBEAN / 18 JAN 2016

Cuba has reported minimal drug seizures in 2015, but as the Caribbean island and the United States re-establish relations, changing political and economic conditions may once again present opportunities…

CARIBBEAN / 8 JAN 2016

Jamaica's homicide rate reached an alarming five-year high in 2015, with the uptick believed to have been driven by violent rivalries between lottery scam rings.

CARIBBEAN / 5 NOV 2015

Officials in the Dominican Republic assert drug traffickers are now diverting shipments to neighboring Haiti, a suspicious claim that nonetheless highlights larger trends in Caribbean trafficking routes. …

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Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Becomes Truly Transnational

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This week, InSight Crime published a deep dive into the total control that Venezuelan mega-gang, Tren de Aragua, has over the lives of those it smuggles between Venezuela and Chile…

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Turkish Traffickers Delivering Latin American Cocaine to Persian Gulf

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Last week, InSight Crime published the second half of an investigation piecing together the emerging role of Turkish cocaine traffickers in supplying Russia and the Persian Gulf, which are among…

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Turkey as a Lynchpin in European Cocaine Pipeline

8 JUL 2022

InSight Crime is extending its investigation into the cocaine pipeline to Europe, and tracking the growing connections between Latin American drug traffickers and European criminal organizations. This led us to…

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Memo Fantasma Coverage Gets Worldwide Attention

1 JUL 2022

Guillermo Acevedo, the former Colombian drug lord and paramilitary commander better known as Memo Fantasma, may soon be allowed to leave prison. Since first revealing the identity of Memo Fantasma…

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Who Are Memo Fantasma and Sergio Roberto de Carvalho?

24 JUN 2022

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…