Ecuador's descent into violence followed a common path: more cocaine led to more cash and more weapons for the gangs. But it happened faster than anywhere else.
A spree of illegal fishing occurred across Latin America this past year, much of it driven by competition for diminishing catch.
Welcome to InSight Crime’s Criminal GameChangers 2021, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of the year.
Though the amount of coca in Peru has been the subject of recent debate, reports indicate that coca crops have increased and are spreading.
Long-time leader, Otoniel, President Iván Duque said the gang's "days were numbered." But is that accurate?…
It was so simple once. The Gulf Cartel and its ancestors maintained control of Tamaulipas for eight decades.
Ecuador is reeling from its worst-ever prison massacre in Guayaquil but the factors that led to this situation could well be replicated in other countries across the region.
Ever greater quantities of cocaine are making their way across the Atlantic and are being sold at ever greater prices across Europe.
Seizures of coltan in Colombia have shown the complex networks used by armed groups to smuggle the valuable mineral from illegal mines across the border in Venezuela.
Mexico's process of criminal fragmentation has been a slow burn. Many of the country's mightiest criminal groups have been unable to stay united, either due to internal strife, incursions from…
Nicaraguan Fisherman Ted Hayman Forbes and his drug trafficking network operated from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Colombian island of San Andres in the Caribbean. His capture and sentencing…
The murder of a prominent folk singer in Guatemala thrust a Nicaraguan nightclub owner into the spotlight and revealed an illicit drug trafficking network that stretched from Colombia to Mexico.