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CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 3 AUG 2016

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has named a man US authorities accused of drug trafficking as the country's new Interior minister, a move that further politicizes a series of drug cases…

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…

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 29 JUL 2016

At least two witnesses in a politically-charged drug case involving relatives of Venezuela's president have reportedly been murdered, raising questions about whether the so-called "narco nephews" were part of a…

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 25 JUL 2016

Court documents allege two nephews of Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro's wife who face drug trafficking charges in New York planned to receive cocaine from Colombia's FARC guerrillas in a case that…

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 7 JUL 2016

Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro has reportedly asked his Colombian counterpart not to extradite to the United States an alleged Cartel of the Suns member, who may hold key information on the clandestine…

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 15 JUN 2016

The recent arrest of a former army captain who allegedly piloted drug planes for Venezuela's Cartel of the Suns could be an indication that the shadowy network of military officials…

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 22 APR 2016

Venezuela's foreign minister has stated in front of the United Nations that her country does not have an endemic drug trafficking problem despite overwhelming evidence the country has become a…

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 17 FEB 2016

Two recent arrests of army officers highlight the prevalence of drug trafficking within Venezuela's security forces, and hint at a possible fragmentation within the shadowy Cartel of the Suns.

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 5 FEB 2016

Venezuela's embattled president is increasing his own security and that of his close associates, digging in as the country faces worsening levels of violence and economic uncertainty. …

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 29 JAN 2016

A Colombian airline executive has turned himself over to US authorities and is expected to testify about drug flights leaving Venezuela. However, it is not a given that his testimony…

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 18 JAN 2016

Seven current and former Venezuela military officials are to be tried for allowing illegal drug flights to transit through the country, in a small-scale prosecution that continues to leave the…

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 16 DEC 2015

The United States Department of Justice will formally indict several high level Venezuelan government officials, including the head of the National Guard and former Drug Czar, for drug trafficking…

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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…