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Clashes Between Cuba's Coast Guard and Human Smugglers Turning Increasingly Violent

CARIBBEAN / 4 JUL 2022

On June 28, the Cuban Interior Ministry announced that at least two clashes between speedboat crews coming from the United States to pick up Cuban migrants and border patrols had…

CUBA / 20 SEP 2021

Uruguay has dismantled a group dedicated to bringing Cuban migrants illegally to the country, highlighting a lesser-known human smuggling route.

CUBA / 15 JUN 2021

Though Cuba's illegal animal trade rarely makes headlines, its government has quietly raised alarms with a new wildlife trafficking law.

CARIBBEAN / 9 MAR 2021

A new investigative report shows Ponzi and pyramid schemes have proliferated across Caribbean countries during the pandemic, and authorities have been unable to keep up.

CARIBBEAN / 16 FEB 2021

Cuban health officials have warned against taking medication believed to be smuggled in from Haiti after reports of adverse side effects, pointing to Cuba’s growing dependence on the black…

CONTRABAND / 12 AUG 2020

The Cuban government has sent squads of military and police to end a spike in the selling of goods on the black market amid the pandemic, but the response seems…

COLOMBIA / 18 MAY 2020

The US and Colombia's strategic alliance may seem stronger than ever after Washington blacklisted Cuba for refusing to extradite ELN leaders. But beyond this show of unity, this move's only…

CONTRABAND / 21 APR 2020

The theft of thousands of surgical masks in Cuba reveals how the island’s active black market has adapted quickly to the coronavirus pandemic.

CUBA / 10 SEP 2019

Despite a crackdown by the authorities, fuel theft continues in Cuba as the island faces shortages aggravated by sanctions on its principal supplier, Venezuela…

CUBA / 9 SEP 2019

Cubans now top the list of foreign criminals in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, with the region’s shifting migration landscape now having serious impacts on organized crime in…

CUBA / 10 APR 2019

US President Donald Trump has ended a historic deal that provided a legal pathway for Cubans to play baseball professionally in the United States.

CUBA / 14 JUN 2018

Luis Posada Carriles died on May 23, 2018, in his house in Miami. He died an old man, at 92 years of age, and, according to Florida media reports, spent…

COLOMBIA / 26 APR 2018

A US court handed down an 11-year sentence to a former "cocaine cowboy" whose brother is currently fighting deportation from the United States. Both men worked alongside the US government…

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Oceans Pillaged in Central America and the Caribbean

5 AUG 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the first installment of a nine-part investigation uncovering the hidden depths of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Latin America. The first installment covered Central America and…

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Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Becomes Truly Transnational

29 JUL 2022

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

15 JUL 2022

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…