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Europe's Weakest Border? Smuggling Between Suriname and French Guiana  

COCAINE / 16 MAY 2023

Cocaine trafficked from Suriname into French Guiana and then on to France makes up some 30% of all cocaine consumed in the European nation.

CONTRABAND / 15 MAY 2023

The illegal sale of scrap metal has become another earner for government officials and military figures in Venezuela.

COCAINE / 5 MAY 2023

Santiago Peña won Sunday’s election for Paraguay’s presidency. But questions remain about how the country’s corruption problems will be solved.

CONTRABAND / 12 APR 2023

Zulia's gasoline black market has disappeared as government policies and supply increases take effect. But will it soon return?…

BOLIVIA / 21 FEB 2023

Passenger buses are the latest means of smuggling contraband goods in Bolivia, where the impact of COVID-19 has seen smuggling grow.

CHILE / 19 JAN 2023

Chile's lucrative copper industry is beleaguered by daring attacks on trains carrying tons of copper through the desert.

BOLIVIA / 30 NOV 2022

Lake Titicaca serves as a crossroads for varied criminal economies, from cocaine shipments to trafficking the frogs that live along its banks.

COLOMBIA / 26 OCT 2022

The ELN plays a continuing role in facilitating large-scale cattle smuggling between Colombia and Venezuela.

CONTRABAND / 24 OCT 2022

A new report by Paraguay’s Congress has connected former president, Horacio Cartes, to a raft of crimes.

COLOMBIA / 21 OCT 2022

The re-opening of the Colombia-Venezuela border was a momentous occasion. But did it come too early?…

BRAZIL / 6 SEP 2022

Brazil’s anti-contraband operations on the Paraguay border are upsetting Paraguayans and doing little to stop smuggling.

BRAZIL / 28 JUL 2022

Former Paraguay president, Horacio Cartes, is accused of money laundering at home, with US authorities also on his tail.

BRAZIL / 8 JUL 2022

Authorities in Paraguay and Brazil have recently stepped up activities targeting contraband flows through lake Itaipú, from where all manner of merchandise is smuggled, from drugs, arms and cigarettes to…

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2 JUN 2023

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27 MAY 2023

Several of InSight Crime’s most recent articles about Venezuela have been well received by regional media. Our article on Venezuela’s colectivos expanding beyond their political role to control access to…

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InSight Crime's Chemical Precursor Report Continues

19 MAY 2023

For the second week in a row, our investigation into the flow of precursor chemicals for the manufacture of synthetic drugs in Mexico has been cited by multiple regional media…

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InSight Crime’s Chemical Precursor Report Widely Cited

THE ORGANIZATION / 12 MAY 2023

We are proud to see that our recently published investigation into the supply chain of chemical precursors feeding Mexico’s synthetic drug production has been warmly received.