All About El Chapo

EL CHAPO / 13 JUL 2015

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s escape from a Mexican maximum security prison thrusts him, and his longtime criminal organization the Sinaloa Cartel, back into a criminal underworld ripe for expansion.

EL CHAPO / 12 JUL 2015

Just over 16 months after he was captured, Mexico’s legendary drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison. The embarrassing event has the potential to…

EL CHAPO / 27 MAY 2015

A Honduras government investigation has reportedly revealed that a mysterious private plane found at an airport several years ago was a gift from Mexico's most famous drug lord to a…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 2 APR 2015

Some business leaders and companies in the Mexican state of Sinaloa continue to pay their state taxes, even though the US Treasury Department has linked them to organized crime. Who…

EL CHAPO / 25 FEB 2015

Documents from the US District Court in New Hampshire -- one of multiple US courts that have indicted Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on drug trafficking charges -- describe how Sinaloa…

EL CHAPO / 23 FEB 2015

One year after the arrest of legendary drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, an increase of violence in the Sinaloa Cartel's Mexican territory hasn't happened as feared, while the ongoing question…

EL CHAPO / 20 FEB 2015

From seducing guards in Brazil to escaping from impenetrable fortresses in Mexico dressed in drag, prison breaks in Latin America are sometimes even more bizarre than their fictional counterparts. InSight…

EL CHAPO / 28 JAN 2015

Two former Sinaloa Cartel operatives turned informants have received reduced prison sentences in Chicago in exchange for their testimony, which offered an unprecedented level of information on the inner workings…

EL CHAPO / 27 JAN 2015

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, has won two court injunctions in Mexico hampering his possible extradition to the United States, suggesting a protracted legal…

COLOMBIA / 30 DEC 2014

Welcome to InSight Crime's Game Changers for 2014, where we highlight the year's most important trends in organized crime in the Americas. This year was one of dashed hopes. In…

EL CHAPO / 9 OCT 2014

The latest superseding indictment of Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman from the Eastern District of New York illustrates just how desperate prosecutors in the US are to get their hands on Mexico's…

EL CHAPO / 19 SEP 2014

Judicial authorities in Mexico have reported that imprisoned Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will serve as a witness in the case against a fellow ex-cartel operator, a development…

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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…