All About El Chapo

EL CHAPO / 17 MAR 2017

The son of a prominent Mexican drug cartel leader has escaped prison less than two months after being captured, highlighting the country's inability to keep criminals behind bars.

EL CHAPO / 13 MAR 2017

Considered by the US government to be the most powerful drug dealer of all time, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, already has a successor. His…

EL CHAPO / 1 MAR 2017

Several media reports point to the recent extradition of Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán as the cause behind climbing violence in Mexico, but it may…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 10 FEB 2017

Mexico's Marines said they had shot and killed a major leader of the Beltrán Leyva Organization, an illustration that state security forces are having an impact on the power struggle…

EL CHAPO / 9 FEB 2017

Internal struggles for power between factions of the Sinaloa Cartel may have led to an increase in violence in western Mexico, the latest example of internecine conflict that has plagued…

EL CHAPO / 27 JAN 2017

US prosecutors have filed a memorandum detailing the lengthy criminal career of recently extradited Mexico drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, a unique look at the case the US government…

EL CHAPO / 20 JAN 2017

Mexico's government extradited legendary kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to the United States just hours before Donald Trump's inauguration, in a move that is spurring debate about what…

EL CHAPO / 2 NOV 2016

Recent reports point to disorder within the leadership of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, as pressure from security forces and competing organizations as well as internal rivalries appear to be furthering the…

EL CHAPO / 19 OCT 2016

A federal judge involved in the case of drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has been assassinated in Mexico, in a rare example of violence against high level Mexican judicial officials.

EL CHAPO / 18 OCT 2016

Authorities in Mexico are saying that the brother of Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has taken on a leadership position within the embattled criminal organization, a move that comes…

EL CHAPO / 22 AUG 2016

Two sons of Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, allegedly kidnapped from a restaurant in Jalisco by rivals, have been released unharmed after secret negotiations.There is still uncertainty surrounding…

EL CHAPO / 22 AUG 2016

The US Treasury Department has placed two high-level Sinaloa Cartel associates on its "kingpin" list, calling the move a "strategic blow" to Mexico's most powerful drug trafficking organization even as it…

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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…